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The Central CT Family Paper! The Power of Positive!

By the People . . . For the People Serving Wallingford & Meriden Connecticut. Your Town, Your News, Your Stories, Your Family, Your Life & Your Views! Read the entire paper online at June 2008 • Volume 8, Issue 104

For Father's Day My dad was sick with cancer & dying in early 1999. My dad was a very religious man & had very strong beliefs. I do have my own beliefs but they are nowhere as strong as his, As a young child of about 5 or 6 I along with my dad , my grandfather, & a couple of uncles got to go to & was introduced to stock car racing at the old Savin Rock speedway in W, Haven. I became addicted to it. My dad always liked it but I loved it. I also loved the fact that at that young age I got to hang with "The big guys". it was always a special time in my memory. That Feb. in 1999 we all knew pop wouldn't be around much longer. I called my dad & asked him if I could come over & watch the Daytona 500 on TV with him. I knew it would be the last time we could do that together. During the course of the race with him falling in & out of sleep there was a big wreck & the race was red flagged for awhile. During the break the TV people went to some interviews of some of the drivers, one was a fellow named Randy Lajoie. he was a champion in a lower series & only drove in the "cup cars" once in awhile as a backup or fill-in driver, he had many offers to move up to the top series but when asked in this interview why he didn't his answer was because "he had been brought up to believe that Sundays (the day most of the "cup" races are run) are to be used for spending time with family & going to church & so forth. The other series that he was a champion in ran mostly on Sat. nights & he

preferred that schedule better. My dad upon hearing that said "you have to respect a man that can hold on to his beliefs like that even if it means he won't move up the ladder of success any higher." Fast forward a bit. My dad died that May, & I was left to clean up all his left over things. He was self employed & one of his projects that he was designing & building was a prototype of a special 3 sided car carrier trailer for hauling crushed cars. (They are all over the place now but at the time where a new idea & pop had some thoughts on how to make them better) it was about 3/4 done & parked in a side yard loaded with a bunch of junk. It had been sitting for at least 2 years, untouched. I didn't know what I was going to do with it. About 2 months after pop had died I got a phone call out of the blue from a guy named Dick Lajoie. Turns out the man owns a junk yard in Norwalk Ct & is Randys father. He was looking for a special trailer like the one he heard we had & wanted to buy it. We had not advertised it anywhere or told anyone that it was for sale. I don't know how he found about it but it sure seems like my dad & that family somehow made some connection. Dick just said he heard it through the grapevine somewhere & didn't even remember who had told him. It sure makes a person stop & think about an awful lot. I became friendly with the man; he bought our trailer & even got me some tickets to a race in New Hampshire. I still go to that race every year. I miss you pop. Happy Fathers Day! Walt Sawallich Jr

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TURNER ANNIVERSARY DANCE The Meriden Turner Society will be celebrating its 142nd Anniversary on Saturday evening June 7th at their Turner Halle located on 800 Old Colony Road (Route 71) in Meriden Connecticut. The festivities will begin at 6pm with a cash bar cocktail hour and finger foods donated by the Members. And then a Prime Rib Dinner will be served at 7:30pm with bottled wine on the table. After dinner a short ceremony will be conducted along with a few choral selections sung by the Meriden Turner Liedertafel Singers.And then Dance music will be provided by "The Alpine Blumen Musikanten" from Rhode Island until closing at 12pm. The cost of this affair is $35.per person. Reservations are required and can be made by calling Leo at 203.440.0028 or on Thursday evenings call the Club House at 203.440.9624

The 4th annual Wallingford Family YMCA/Wint Filipek Sr. Memorial Tennis Tournament The biggest and premier community tennis tournament in New England is right here in Wallingford, CT. The 4th annual Wallingford Family YMCA/Wint Filipek Sr. Memorial Tennis Tournament is scheduled for June 14th - 22nd. The venue will again be the beautiful Hunt Tennis Center located on the Choate-Rosemary Hall Campus in Wallingford. All proceeds from the tournament will benefit Wallingford Family YMCA youth programs and the Winton S. Filipek Sr. scholarship fund. In 2007, the event drew 414 players in 17 divisions. All players receive a tournament T-shirt, players handbook, players gift bag, ticket to "Breakfast at Wimbledon" and tennis balls & water for every match. Prizes are awarded to 1st & 2nd place in every division. The 9 day event in 2008 will feature: 17 divisions for all levels, a Free Kids Clinic & Fun Day, Sunday June 15th, and several other special events. THIS IS NOT YOUR ORDINARY TENNIS TOURNAMENT! Please direct any questions to Wint Filipek Jr. 860-621-5655 or the Wallingford Family YMCA at 203-2694497. Or visit our tournament website: for an application.

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Helping Hands Thrift Store I would like to remind the people that their "no longer needed" items can and do help others. By donating articles from clothing to furniture at the Helping Hands Thrift Store located at 22 No. Turnpike Road in Wallingford victims of Domestic Violence at the Chrysalis Center have been able to receive any help needed from us which has been anything from clothing, toys, furniture at no cost with proof they have been referred to us. Being our main concern we would like to help get the word out that there is help available as no one should have to live in fear of physical and mental abuse from another person. If someone wants to get out of such a situation a phone call is all that is needed for help. Donations offered to the store also help the Childhood Dreams Organization and the Meriden Humane Society. The Meriden Humane Society has been given items for different fundraisers they have organized to help with the care of so many homeless, mistreated animals and have a no kill policy for their organization. Right now we are helping them by offering the public hand made beautiful pillows with different pictures of cats, dogs, horses and even Clifford the Big Red Dog at only $3.00 each! It is that time of the year to clean your basement, attic or buy new furniture so why not donate it if it is in good condition and can help others. Helping Hands Thrift Store offers Free pick up for donations of furniture in good condition or other large quantities of donations by calling the store at (203) 284-0300 Tues.-Sat. 9a.m.-5p.m. and Sundays 10a.m.-3p.m. The public has been great in responding knowing our store supports these organizations and will offer help to the Community when referred to us with PROOF of their need at no cost to the client. It is a wonderful feeling knowing that you are helping others by donating no longer needed items to help someone else. Remember at tax time you are allowed to claim donations made even without a tax receipt up to a certain amount! The above mentioned Organizations and Helping Hands Thrift Store would like to say THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT.

South Meriden Volunteer Fire Department is celebrating its 100 year of service to the Village of South Meriden and the City of Meriden. Last year the department responded to 725 calls of service to the community. That was 48 calls more than 2006. The following are the types of calls we have responded to: * Structure Fires * Brush Fires * Medical Emergencies * Vehicle Fires * Boat Rescues * Airplane Emergencies * Motor Vehicle Accidents * Hazardous Material Spills * Emergency Lockouts * Carbon Monoxide Emergencies * Electrical Emergencies * False Alarms * Storm Stand-Bys and * Stand-Bys to Help Cover and Assist the Meriden Fire Department. Approximately 61 % of the calls responded to where medicals and Motor Vehicle Accidents. We are one of the only fully volunteer fire stations in the state that has overnight duty crews. We have personnel that presently man our fire station 6 nights a week. This has been going on for over 7 years now. This allows us to respond quicker to emergencies in our area. We believe in providing good customer service to our customers, you our neighbors. South Meriden Volunteer Fire Department works hand and hand with the Meriden Career Fire Department. Meriden Fire Department has 5 career stations based thought-out the City. The two main stations that also cover the South Meriden area are Station 1 which houses Engine 1 located on Chamberlain Highway and Station 2 which houses Engine 2 and Truck Company 1 (The Ladder Truck). We usually get dispatched at the same time for calls in the South Meriden area. The incident can be handled either by both of the departments or separately. When our station is manned either day or night depending on the severity of the incident we usually handle the incident ourselves, this frees the Meriden Engine company up to handle other emergency incidents that might occur. I believe that Meriden has the best career firefighters in the State. We work with them everyday and I think we all learn from each other each day. 100 Year Anniversary Information During our Anniversary this year we will be celebrating with different events throughout the year. The City's annual Independence Day Fire Works Display on July 3rd weather permitting will also be dedicated in the honor of our 100th Anniversary. In August we will be celebrating by sponsoring a Carnival starting on Thursday August 21st thru Sunday August 24th located next to our Fire Station located at 31 Camp Street in South Meriden. Our neighbor and friends at AGC Inc., located next to our fire station have allowed us to use their property during the carnival and we want to thank them again for stepping up as great corporate leader by supporting us each year. On Saturday August 23rd from 10 am to 3:00 pm we will be having an open house at our fire station. During our open house we will be having extrication demonstration, fire extinguishing training and we will also have the State of CT children's smoke house survival training trailer to demo safe exit during a fire emergency from your home. Fire Education & Home Safety Check 16 years ago we introduced our annual Home Safety Check for the residents of our fire district. We are still providing this Free service to all our neighbors. Please call us to set up an appointment. We will come to your home and make suggestions on safety items that could protect your family and your home. We will suggest the proper locations for smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, and types of fire extinguishers to have in the home and other emergency equipment that can be used in case of a fire or medical emergency. Our fire education services are dedicated to developing fire prevention and education projects in the South Meriden community. Some programs involve pre-school and elementary school children while others involve adults and the elderly. Our department also helps businesses with fire extinguishing classes to educate employees in the event of a fire FIRE/EMERGENCY SAFETY TIPS Have you checked your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors this month? Working detectors do save lives. Please change your batteries once a year. It's always a good time to practice E.D.I.T.H. (EXIT DRILLS IN THE HOME)

Keep matches and lighters away from children. When using gas grills, keep them away from the house and garage. Spare tanks should be kept in a safe ventilated place and the safety plug should be kept screwed into the valve. If your clothes catch on fire, cover up your face with your hands and drop to the ground and roll. "STOP DROP AND ROLL" Do not leave children unattended near swimming pools, lakes or ponds. Please help us keep the fire hydrants clear of snow during wintertime. Adopt a fire hydrant at the City Clerk's Office, located in City Hall on the 1st floor. Please have your furnace and chimney cleaned each year. Please Remember that the 911 System Is for Emergency Response by Police, Ambulance and Fire Department Personnel. Please use the System, and Teach Your Children How the System Will Work for them too. Membership Information After September 11, 2001 (911) we had a surge of memberships in Volunteer Fire Departments not only in CT but a cross the Nation. The numbers of volunteers has dropped in the last several years and we all need help to continue to serve our communities. We are looking for some eager, hard working and committed volunteer recruits to join our department. South Meriden Vol. Fire Dept now is accepting applications. We are recruiting citizens from Meriden over the age of 18 who are High School Graduates in good physical health and have a clean police record. No fire fighting experience is necessary; we will train you and send you for training. We also do recruitment for certified firefighters that live outside of Meriden as long as they can meet our bylaw requirements to do minimum one duty overnight crew a week plus meet our drill, meeting and squad duty requirements. While volunteering with our department you will gain the experience, knowledge and certification which will help your career search in the emergency service field or just enhance your present career. Our members that have served over two years with us and are in good standing with our department can receive enhancement points that could help them in the hiring process if they choice to apply and test for a City of Meriden Fire Fighters position. Information about our application process: We administer a written entrance exam in order to determine if applicants will be able to take and pass the required State of CT Fire Fighter I course and CT Emergency Medical Technician or Medical Response Technician courses which are also mandatory over the first 18 months of membership. We also administer an agility test that helps us determine if the applicants can perform the physical duties of a fire fighter. We also administer an oral interview and perform police and other background checks to ensure that the character and integrity of our prospective members meets our highest standards. South Meriden Vol. Fire is also a drug free environment and we test for drug use. Interested parties can pick up an application at 31 Camp Street, South Meriden on Monday evenings.

Are you Committed Enough to Cross This Line? If you are we want to talk to you! Join a Fine American Tradition Of Honor, Bravery and Community Service. Chief Keith Gordon, of Operations

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The deadline for your news, stories, photos, events and more for the July issue of The People’s Press is June 23rd. Share some of your life by emailing Visit to read and print the paper. Celebrations of Life & Home Happy Birthday, Grandma!! Love, Kevin Leo

Happy Fathers Day Happy Father's Day I love you Daddy! Love, Dylan Forever Grateful Salvatore P. Vinci Papa, thank you for serving our country during WW2. I appreciate all of your sacrifices to ensure a better life for me and our family. Love always-your granddaughter, Christine Laudano

OBERAMMERGAU 2010 Information Open House Please join us in our office at 7pm on June 10th. Call (203) 634-3500


"Sheltering an Animal's Perspective"

by Gregory M. Simpson Remember the tale about the man downstream who keeps rescuing folks one by one from the swift flowing river? After plucking out dozens of floundering victims, he decides that he needs to go upstream to find out why so many are falling in. It occurs to me that it's kind of like that with cats. When Bryan Kortis, Director of Neighborhood Cats in New York City, mentioned at a conference on feral cats that about 80% of the kittens born each year are produced by feral and stray cats, it reminded me of the man pulling people from the river. Only this time, cats are "falling in upstream" with resulting kittens being found "downstream." My wife and I have adopted kittens found in much the same way; a ten day old kitten found with a puncture wound in its neck, kittens of a feral mother left under our doorstep, and a kitten found next to a cable TV technician's truck. While volunteering with one rescue group, we found kittens literally floating down the Connecticut River in a plastic garbage bag! We love the kittens we've adopted, but recognize that there are also millions of adult cats needing good homes. We've adopted our share of those, too, like the stray gray cat I was feeding one winter night that wrapped his two front legs around my leg and wouldn't let go, or the orange male stray that was found starving due to being entwined in a flea collar. If cat overpopulation is going to be successfully resolved, it will have to be through addressing the source - the cats left "upstream" that produce the kittens found "downstream." It will take more than celebrities like Bob Barker reminding folks to "have your pets spayed or neutered." When one thinks about it, responsible people already act responsibly and spay or neuter. It is the irresponsible ones that abandon cats, often not spayed or neutered, leaving them to fend for themselves. These cats reproduce, of course. University of Washington mathematicians calculate that a feral cat and her offspring could produce between 100 and 400 cats by the end of seven years. Thinking preventively, government subsidies for free or low cost spay/neuter programs are vital. They are already in place in some parts of the country. Connecticut has the distinction of being the first and perhaps only state, to provide $40,000 to animal welfare groups for the past two years through its Department of Agriculture to sterilize feral cats. Legislation passed in 2007 replaces this $40,000 grant program in 2008 and provides up to 20% of the Animal Population Control Program's income for sterilization of feral cats and cats belonging to low income residents. That should be just the beginning of such funding as studies show that the main reason that people do not spay or neuter their companion animals is lack of access to low cost sterilization. The Animal Population Control Program has provided vaccinations and sterilization benefits to more than 19,000 dogs and cats since 2001 and over 50,000 companion animals since the program began in 1995. Cities should also get involved. New Britain already allocates funds for sterilization of feral cats through its support of the Animal Alliance Welfare League. National animal organizations such as Spay/USA (1-800-248-SPAY) and Friends of Animals (1-800-321-PETS) offer low cost spay/neuter programs. Other national organizations that collect millions of charitable dollars should do likewise. In Connecticut, Team's (Tait's Every Animal Matters) Mobile Feline Unit has spayed or neutered 100,000 cats since 1997. TEAM can be reached at 1-888-FOR-TEAM. If you care about cats, check to see if your donations go to organizations that promote, spay/neuter programs. With 80% of the kittens born each year produced by feral and stray cats, there is no more important issue than sterilization. In addition, encourage your local officials to enforce animal cruelty and abandonment laws and your legislators to strengthen them. According to a 2002 "Guide to Cat Law" published by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), there are more than 60 million companion cats, fewer than half of whom are kept safely confined. HSUS points out that tens of millions more cats roam free, having been abandoned by their original owners or born in the wild. A 2001 HSUS study found that two out of three veterinarians recommend keeping cats indoors, to avoid dangers ranging from vehicles to disease. There needs to be sterilization of all cats adopted from public/private shelters and rescue groups, as well as sterilization of all free-roaming cats. Laws and policies should also be enacted that are consistent with the humane management of feral cats, which means support of Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) programs. For the animals, Gregory M. Simpson Gregory Simpson's animal welfare involvement spans over 25 years, having provided leadership for several Connecticut organizations, as well as having served as state advisor to the national Friends of Animals. Currently a Board member of Protectors of Animals, Inc., he was chosen by CAT FANCY magazine as one of the ultimate cat lovers in the U.S. He is also a member of the Cat Writers' Association.

Water Safety Week WALLINGFORD COMMUNITY POOL SATURDAY, JUNE 28, 1-3PM Sponsored by the Wallingford Family YMCA and the Wallingford Parks and Recreation Department as part of Connecticut Water Safety Week. FREE! Open to all Wallingford Residents Come and join the fun: Information for parents about water safety Tips for backyard pool safety and essential equipment to have around your backyard pool. PFD's- information on how to fit and use life jackets. Opportunities for preschoolers and youth to actually try on lifejackets and go into the pool under supervision. Reach or Throw, Don't Go- basic rescue techniques using reaching and throwing so as to not endanger yourself. Opportunities to actually use various rescue equipment. Learn about a lifeguard's job: what they had to learn, how they train, what equipment they use. Hear a lifeguard explain pool rules to follow and why. Information table about summer swim lessons for all ages- adults to infants. Enter our drawing for 1 FREE session of swim lessons at the Wallingford Family YMCA.

In the year 1634 the townspeople in the tiny Bavarian village of Oberammergau pledged that if they were spared the black plague that was ravaging Europe they would perform a play every 10 years depicting the life and death of Christ. This tradition has been faithfully kept until this day - and again we look forward to the presentation of the "PASSION PLAY", in the year 2010. King Travelways has brought clients to attend the Passion Play at Oberammergau since 1980 and again the opportunity is here. It is not too early to make your plans, if you want to be witness to this outstanding event. We have 2 lovely tours on which we have been allotted space, and would like to present them to you.. The tours are: "DISCOVER CROATIA" featuring the Dalmation Coast, Medjugorje, Slovenia, and Oberammergau's Passion Play - June 23 - July 4, 2010 "ALPINE EXPLORER" with the Glacier Express & Oberammergau Passion Play August 3 - 13, 2010 105 Hanover Street in Meriden 203.634.3500 1.800.624.3516 Email:

PRAYER TO The Blessed Virgin: Never known to fail. Oh most beautiful power of Mt. Carmel, Fruitful Vine, Splendor of Heaven, Blessed Mother of the Son of God, Immaculate Virgin, assist me in my necessity. Oh Star of the Sea, help me and show me that you are my mother. Oh Holy Mary, Mother of God, Queen of Heaven and earth, I humbly seek you from the bottom of my heart to secure me in my necessity. (Make your request). There are none that can withstand your pwer. Oh Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee (3 times). Holy Mary, I place this prayer in your hands (3 times). Say this prayer for three consecutive days and then you must publish it and it will be granted to you. Grateful Thanks. C.J.

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by Audrey Linke The new mothers in the maternity ward passed around an innocent looking sewing box. When the nurses were out of the room each mother would locate the hidden make-up in the box and quickly transform their pale lips and cheeks to a healthy-looking pink. It was against hospital rules to wear make-up, but husbands and other family members would soon arrive and each mother wanted to look her best. Gram had come up from New York to take care of Bob, Jeannette, and Alice and they all came to the hospital with Papa to visit me and Mama. Bob had planned to ask Mama to send me back and get a boy, but when he saw me he changed his mind. "Let's keep her," he said, and from then on he was my willing slave. Bob was ten years old when I arrived, a devoted big brother. Jeannette, at eight, was my second mother, loving and attentive, always. She and Bob fought over who would carry me upstairs and they fought over who would carry me upstairs and they fought over who would carry me downstairs. Alice had mixed emotions-she was five and a half and used to having things pretty much her own way. She proclaimed that she "wasn't going to be any 'servant' to that darned little baby!" Later, when she was finally allowed to start school she conceded that it was a "good thing that Mama had the baby or she would never let me go to school." It was probably true-Mama didn't like to be left home without a child to keep her company. Bob, Jeannette, and Alice had been born at home, but Doctor Harvey sent Mama to Griffin Hospital in Derby to await the arrival of her fourth child-me, Audrey Lucille Cable, and arrive I did, on May 20, 1923. Mama spent a whole week in the hospital waiting for me, and although she kept busy rolling bandages and helping in other ways, for her it was like a wonderful vacation, the rest Dr. Harvey knew she needed. On May 29th, Mama's 30th birthday, Dr. Harvey drove us home to the farm behind the Episcopal Church in Oxford Center. He said he wished he was taking home a baby just like me. Who could blame him?

is pleased to announce that James B. Wood has joined us as Vice President, Commercial Lending.

Controlling High Blood Pressure and High Blood Cholesterol:

What you Need to Know As part of a new cardiovascular health program called W.I.S.H.H. (Women Interested in Staying Heart Healthy), the Meriden Health Department will be hosting a presentation on controlling high blood pressure and high blood cholesterol on July 8, 2008. The presentation will be held at the Meriden Public Library, located at 105 Miller Street, from 6:00-7:00pm. Dr. Robert Golub, from Midstate Medical Center, will be the presenter. Heart healthy snacks will be served, and educational information will be available. This event is free and open to the public. To RSVP, please call Lea Crown, Community Health Educator, at 630-4238.

Mark Your Calendars - Health Fair August 9

Save the Date - the Meriden-Wallingford Branch of the NAACP, in partnership with the Community Health Center of Meriden and the Meriden Health Department, will be hosting its annual health and wellness fair on Saturday, August 9, from 11:00am-2:00pm at the Meriden HUB location. Health information and screenings will be offered from over 50 vendors; raffle items will be available as well as fun entertainment, Double Dutch jump rope demonstrations, and Step performers. This family event is free, and all are welcome! For more information on the event, please contact Angela Simpson at 630-4237. This is guaranteed to be a fun, informational event for everyone!

Take a Hike - National Trails Day is June 7, 2008

Come celebrate National Trails Day on June 7 from 10:00-11:30am at Dossin Beach Park, directly across the street from the Quinnipiac River Linear Walking Trail (Red Bridge) in Meriden. Meriden's National Trail Partners will showcase educational exhibits, informational handouts and be on hand to answer your questions on Meriden's natural resources and environmental issues. Meriden's National Trail Partners include the Meriden Conservation Commission, Meriden Land Trust, Quinnipiac River Watershed Association, and the Meriden Linear Trails Committee. In addition, the Meriden Health Department's Meriden Movers community walking program will be giving out 50 free pedometers and walking logs to attendees (first come, first serve). Wear your walking shoes and enjoy a morning walk down the trail. Light refreshments will be served, including nature bars courtesy of Dick's Sporting Goods. Bring the family and enjoy a great day outside!

James B. Wood Lawrence M. McGoldrick, President of Castle Bank and Trust Company, announced the recent addition of James B. Wood as Vice President, Commercial Lending. A graduate of both the Albertus Magnus College and the University of New Haven, Mr. Wood has over 20 years experience serving consumer and business banking needs throughout the Central Connecticut area as a Senior Loan Officer and Commercial Lender. In his new position, Mr. Wood will manage a portfolio of existing Castle Bank and Trust customers, develop new middle market commercial and industrial business relationships in the Greater Meriden area, and expand the Bank's Small Business Administration and Connecticut Development Authority Urbank loan portfolios.

Mr. Wood has been an active member of the community having served on the boards of United Way of Meriden and Wallingford and Big Brothers and Big Sisters. He is also a member of the Rotary Club of Wallingford and serves as the Treasurer for the Wallingford Foundation. Through the Rotary Mr. Wood and his family have been active in Mission work in the Dominican Republic helping to build a hospital there which serves the very poor.

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The Wallingford Garden Club and Wallingford Center Inc presents the 2008 Gardener's Market Saturday mornings 9:00-12:00 from July 12th to Sept 13th at the Railroad Station Green, routes 5 and 150. Offered will be plants, flowers, produce, unique crafts, baked goods, and special cooked treats from Bob and Carole Golitko. Gardening advice and plant clinic are available. If you wish to be a vendor, please contact Ellie Tessmer, Market Manager at 203-269-2653 or email at We are looking for backyard gardeners to share their produce with their own booth, consignment or donations to the Wallingford Garden Club. Celebrations of Life & Home Our Cally is having a Birthday 4 years old. June 15th She has grown up so fast.We Love You Grandma & Grandpa Golitko


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SUMMER ACTIVITIES REGISTRATION Registration is currently underway at the Parks & Recreation office for the Hot Shot Basketball Camp, Spike It! Volleyball Camp, and the two Meriden Nature Camp sessions. MERIDEN FISHING DERBY The Meriden Rod & Gun Club invites youths ages 15 & under to participate in the 2008 Meriden Fishing Derby. This year's derby will be held at Baldwin Pond Park on Saturday, June 7th from 9:00AM-1:00PM. There will be lots of fish, food, & prizes. FLAG DAY CEREMONY The City of Meriden and the Meriden BPOE #35 will present the 2008 Flag Day Ceremony in conjunction with the Special Day for Special People on Saturday, June 14th at Hubbard Park's James J. Barry Bandshell beginning at 11:00AM. Participants in this ceremony include local & state politicians, city color guards, and school essay contest winners. 38TH ANNUAL SPECIAL DAY FOR SPECIAL PEOPLE The Meriden Senior Center will present the 38th Annual Special Day for Special People on Saturday, June 14th from 11:00AM-3:00PM at Hubbard Park. Senior citizens ages 60 & older are invited to this free picnic featuring food, activities, bingo, and entertainment. SUMMER SOUNDS CONCERT SERIES The 2008 "Summer Sounds Concert Series" kicks off in June with the Beatles tribute band Number Nine on Thursday, June 26th(6:30-8:30PM). All "Summer Sounds" performances take place at Hubbard Park's James J. Barry Bandshell and are free to the public. SUMMER PLAYGROUND PROGRAM The 2008 Summer Playground Program will operate from June 23rd - August 1st at Baldwin Pond Park & Habershon Park for children ages 6-12. Both locations will feature fun-filled days of games, activities, crafts, and field trips. There is no cost except for field trips. The playgrounds will be open Monday-Friday, 8:30AM-3:00PM(please note that on certain days the program will not be available for non-trip participants). Interested participants can register at the two sites any time the program is in session. PUBLIC SWIM The 2008 Outdoor Public Swim Program at the Hubbard Park pool begins on Sunday, June 22nd. Daily updates on the program's hours of operation can be found by calling the Recreation Activity Line at 630-4279. All interested participants must possess a valid 2008 pool pass. Available for purchase at the Parks & Recreation office, it costs $5.00 for adults & $1.00 for children ages 17 & under. Potential recipients must come to the office inperson and bring proof of Meriden residency to receive a pass. SWIM LESSONS Free swim lessons for children ages 4 & older will be held weekdays from 6/30-7/11 and 7/14-7/24. Registration will be held at the Hubbard Park pool (10:30AM) on both Saturday, June 28th and Saturday, July 12th. Children must have a valid 2008 pool pass and bring a bathing suit and towel to register. SUMMER FUN RUNS PROGRAM The 2008 Summer Fun Runs Program will be held on Wednesday nights at the Platt High School track from June 18th - August 20th. The free runs will get underway at 6:30PM and feature a ¾ mile race for children and a 5K race for adults. Refreshments and prizes will be available. MERIDEN RAIDERS REGISTRATION Registration for the upcoming 2008 Meriden Junior Football League season will be held at Washington Park's Pete Sini Fieldhouse(rear of park) on Saturday, June 14th from 10:00AM-2:00PM. A Punt, Pass, & Kick program will also be held during this registration session. Additional registration sessions will be held on July 5th & 19th. MERIDEN SKATEPARK The Meriden Skatepark, located on the corner of Coe Avenue & Hamilton Street, has the following hours of operation(weather permitting):School Days 2:00PM-Dusk Non-School Days 11:00AM-Dusk CASTLE CRAIG The vehicle access road to Castle Craig is open daily from 10:00AM-4:45PM, weather permitting. The entrance to the road is located under the eastern Interstate 691 overpass in Hubbard Park.

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July Summertime...Summer Savings! August is our “About You” Issue. Get a bonus mini-story when you place a certain sized ad! A Special Tribute Edith Sackey-Wieloch who served in World War 2 and was recalled for Korea and her grandson Jeremy Vega who is currently serving in the U.S. Navy. We are all very proud of both of you and love you.

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Sleep and The Older Adult - June 24, 2008

Mayor's Corner Wallingford

The Center for Successful Aging and MidState's LaPlanche Clinic will be jointly sponsoring a presentation titled "Sleep and the Older Adult" on June 24, 2008. The presentation will be held from 10:30-11:30am in the mezzanine of the Max E. Muravnick Meriden Senior Center, located at 22 West Main Street in Meriden. Rob McArthur, RRT, from the Sleep Care Center at MidState Medical Center, will be the presenter. He will discuss symptoms and treatment for common sleep disorders, what is involved in a sleep study, and what changes we need to make in our sleep patterns as we get older. This presentation is free and open to the public. For more information please call Rita Kowalchik at the Meriden Health Department, 630-4222.

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Dear Friends: Wallingford Project Graduation marks the 19th year of a community wide effort to make graduation night safe for all Wallingford high school graduates. The alcohol and substance free celebration will be held immediately following commencement ceremonies. The event is held at the Wallingford Parks and Recreation Facility and is free of charge to all Wallingford graduates. The event has become an important part of graduation. It provides a nightlong Celebration filled with fun, food, friendships and memories to last a lifetime. The Project Graduation Committee is made up of volunteers and is chaired by Kim Stein. It is sponsored by the Town of Wallingford Youth and Social Services Department and donations from citizens and various businesses in our community. Planning is underway for this years Project Graduation and everyone is looking forward to a wonderful celebration. Those interested in supporting this program may mail donations to: Project Graduation 2008, c/o Wallingford Youth and Social Services, 6 Fairfield Boulevard, Wallingford, CT 06492. Through the generosity of many we are able to provide wonderful prizes and entertainment for the graduates. CONGRATULATIONS AND BEST WISHES TO THE CLASS OF 2008 Sincerely, William W. Dickinson, Jr. - Mayor

Mayor's Corner Meriden

Annual Plant Sale Thanks The Southwest Conservation District Executive Director Roman Mrozinski wishes to thank our many volunteers from the UCONN Certified Master Gardeners and Interns as well as North Haven, Daytime Gardeners of North Haven and Wallingford Garden Club members. Special thanks to Ellie Harple (Daytime Gardeners) and Gail Eisenhauer (NHGC) who assisted with the plant inventory as well as the sorting of the customers orders along with (WGC) Joanne McLean, Barbara Hannon, Fran Pellegrino, Carole Golitko, Marilyn Ollayos, Bert Subkowsky, Helen Daney, Ann Gouin, Bobbie Garvey and (NHGC) Mary Cameron as well as (MG) Marvin Carley and Mary Lee Obert. Thanks to those who assisted the customers on the sales days: (WGC) Lillian Weaver, Maryan Lindholm and Shirley Lagerstrom; (NHGC) Cathy Parent,. Jan Tracey, Lois Stover, (MG) Gail Eisenhauer, Marvin Carley, Mira Schachne and Joan Lenart along with UCONN Interns: Jill Casertano, Betsy Fertma, Judi Freudenburg, Marianna Greenlee, Doris Murphy, Donna Wrubel, Kathy Kobishyn, June Bencivenga, Pat Bender and Valerie Traumer. From North Haven and Wallingford Garden Club member as well as Master Gardener and Administrative Assistant/Plant Sale Organizer Ellie Tessmer, we couldn't have done it without all of you. Photo by Linda Wooster of Mira Schachne, Roman Mrozinski and Ellie Tessmer

Dear Friends, I thank you for all your support and encouragement over the past ten years. I have truly enjoyed my time as your City Councilor and Mayor. I love our City and appreciate the confidence and trust you have shown in me. Thank You! As the school year winds down, I want to congratulate all our graduates and wish them much success in their future endeavors. I would also like to congratulate our 5th grade Project Excel winners, our Hicks Speaking and Essay contest winners, our top 10 honorees at Platt and Maloney, and all our students for another successful school year. A special thank you to the education staff and former staff who give so generously to support Project Excel. Thank you and congratulations on twenty-five years of making a difference in the lives of our children. There are a few exciting developments on the horizon. New chain restaurants will join West Main Street and East Main Street. The TI Building is close to having a new tenant and Midstate is closing in on a new east side location. We will also see new "Welcome to Meriden" signs appearing in the near future. Together, we are continuing to build a better Meriden. Thank you for all your support! Sincerely, Mark D. Benigni - Mayor

My Grammy and Me by Carol Carbutti

I wanted to try and cure my Grammy and even though I was only ten years old I thought I could accomplish that feat. The parlor was empty and Grammy was sitting in her usual large brocade wing chair by the window that overlooked the outdoor entrance to the large kitchen. Her face was beautiful and smiling kindness as if she would say yes to anything I asked of her. Her hands and head were calmly shaking with Parkinsons disease and her cheeks were very pink with a plumped flush look. I pulled my chair over in front of her and asked if I could talk with her and she motioned me forward. My explanation began with a TV show I had watched the day before. The show was Oral Roberts and a parade of healings he performed that day. It impressed me so much I began to think of my Grammy. If Oral Roberts could heal all those people on the show couldn't he cure my trembling grandmother? I remember her listening so intently to my ramblings and now realize how kind she was not to extinguish my hope. We prayed together that day. Our hands were entwined and I was so earnest in my prayers. She kissed me on the cheek and thanked me for my wish. As I left my grandmother's house that sunny day with my mom, I believed a miracle was going to happen. I never stopped believing that. Every time I saw her I'd look for a positive sign and hope that Mr. Roberts had read my letter and was working his miracles from afar. Although she died ten years later just before my wedding, I think the childlike belief within me never left me. Hope is a gift I thought I gave her but she really gave it back to me.

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A Special Thanks My Grandfather Robert F. Meyer opened the Yankee Silversmith Inn in 1953. He was an extremely charitable member of the community and brilliant restaurateur. Anyone who knew him was touched by his spirit of generosity. The Yankee Silversmith Inn , it's charm, history, POPOVERS, thousands of couples wedding , special occasions and holidays memories will remain in the hearts of those who share them. Then there are the hours and hours of singing and fun around the piano bar in the Parlour Car. How could we ever forget about the St Patty's day , Mardi Gras parties and amazing wine cellar that my uncle Robert A. Meyer made available for us here in Wally world!. I have met people from all over the country with stories of special times spent at this very special Restaurant. I would like to thank the Mesite family for keeping the Yankee Silversmith Inn as a Wallingford Icon until now. With out the Mesites stepping in at troubled times in 1991 we would of lost our special place 16 years ago. They did a great job cleaning it up and keeping it going. I know my sentiments are shared by the community and of course the members of our family when I express what a very sad time this is to hear it will not be re-opening In the spirit of my grandparents legacy, I will be honoring them with a tribute story and need your help. I would love to hear from any one with any pictures, funny stories or sentiments to share about a special experience at The Yankee Silversmith Inn. Past employees are strongly encouraged to contact me with stories as well as your contact information if you would be interested in a reunion gathering.

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Hope is some extraordinary spiritual grace that God gives us to control our fears, not to oust them. ~Vincent McNabb There is nothing so well known as that we should not expect something for nothing - but we all do and call it Hope. ~Edgar Howe Celebrations of Life & Home You ARE the BEST Mammina! Love, Juliana

The Best Dad A Daughter Could Ask For My father, Walter Hafner, is the best dad a daughter could ask for. Born in Germany in 1928, he sure has been through a lot. He moved to the United States in 1957. He was married to my mother for 48 years until she had passed away from cancer in 2005. He also had a son, Hans Hafner, who had passed away in 2004 from complications with his diabetes. He was a very active man with both the Meriden Turner Society and the Meriden YMCA (Meriden Y's Men). He had been a member of the Meriden Y for 8 years and enjoyed the relationships that he had made there. He now resides at CT Baptist Home in Meriden to get back on his feet after being in rehab at Cocomo post surgery. My father, whom I call Schmattie, is one in a million. I do not know where I would be without him. He is smart, funny, wise and an all around great man. He is my life! This year in June will be his 80th birthday and ever since I was a child he promised me that he would live to be 100. I look forward to 20 more good years with him. I love him dearly! So on that note, I salute my father on this Father's Day and look forward to the future with him. Thank you, Linda Murphy

Barbara's Bountiful Bouquet It's hard to believe that another month has come and gone. Between my work schedule and the unusually cold weather, I never had a chance to get to the Community Garden until Sunday, Memorial Day Weekend, May 25th. Oh, my goodness, but the weeds were flourishing. Despite having put down a tremendous amount of hay last fall, there were still weeds coming up all over the garden. Fortunately, the ground was moist, so most of the weeds came out easily. So as I weeded, I started to plant, and by the end of three and a half hours, the garden was transformed. I planted six cherry tomatoes, six unmarked tomatoes (probably Big Boys or something that I had been growing in pots in my "sun room" since mid-April), six artichokes (an experiment for me this year), six basils, and a few zinnias that I had planted in a pot at home. I planted a bunch of seeds, but only three plants emerged. I filled the wheelbarrow three times with weeds and deposited them in the compost section of the Community Garden. Before I left, rather tired, I carefully put hay around all the plants, especially the basil, to protect them from cool nights we are still having. I don't usually start planting until May 30th, but I am hopeful we will not have a frost in the next week or so. I have lots of plans for planting seeds, and that is, of course, the next step. I have two kinds of corn, sunflowers, cucumbers, and wildflowers. I will also be buying lots of marigold six-packs. I do love marigolds. My garlic is almost ready to be pulled, although I think you are supposed to wait until the end of June to harvest it. My one daylily and my catnip are doing okay, although looking slightly iffy at the moment. There were not a lot of gardeners out there on Sunday, but my friend CJ was hard at work, and I brought seed to his garden to fill my bird feeders and got to chat with him for a while. I was just very happy to accomplish as much as I did, but boy am I sore. I thought Monday was bad. Today is Tuesday, and I can just about walk. The joys of getting older! Notice I did not say old. Until next month, I wish everyone a great June, and to all the dads out there, Happy Father's Day! And keep those US flags flying on June 14th, Flag Day. Oooo, I think it's time for some Ben-Gay. Barbara Sherburne

Helping Hands Thrift Store MONTHLY SALES ARE AS FOLLOWS. Fill a bag of clothing only for $5.00 every 2nd Wednesday of the month (brown grocery bags are supplied) 25% off ALL FURNITURE the last Friday of every month. We also have other special sales every week on other items. Stop by and shop our 2 floors of merchandise. Store hrs are Tues.-Sat. 9a.m.-5p.m. and Sunday 10a.m.2p.m. We are a proud supporter of the Chrysalis Center which is for victims of Domestic Violence. We also help Childhood Dreams and the Meriden Humane Society. Donations of resalable condition are accepted at the store during store hours. Furniture or other large item(s) can be scheduled for FREE pick up! Clothing must be for the season they are being donated in. Just give us a call at (203) 284-0300. Thank You for your donated items and purchases at our store located at 22 No. Turnpike Road in Wallingford

Hope is like a road in the country; there was never a road, but when many people walk on it, the road comes into existence. ~Lin Yutang Lord save us all from... a hope tree that has lost the faculty of putting out blossoms. ~Mark Twain

ATTENTION Young Musicians Come Hear, Have Fun & Audition Young Musicians-11-19years old! Come Hear, Have Fun, Audition and Join us for Next Season! CCCYO wants you to know………… On June 8th the 26 young musicians of the Central Connecticut Civic Youth Orchestra, (CCCYO), Mrs. Veronica Germain Music Director and Conductor, will perform several pieces of Classical and contemporary music at their Fourth Annual Spring Concert. We cordially invite all young musicians in the area and their families to come and hear the beautiful works of Brahms (First Symphony, Fourth Movement), Bizet (Carmen Suite), Strauss, (Radetsky March) and other fine works. As is the tradition of the CCCYO Annual Spring Concert, each young musician has the opportunity to perform a solo work, and we proudly highlight our members as they perform solos, duets and trios. Next year, it could be you! The concert will be performed at the Augusta Curtis Cultural Center, 175 East Main Street, at the corner of Pleasant Street in Meriden. Admission is $5 at the door, there will be a punch and dessert reception as well as fun and interesting raffles. You can meet the Music Director and the musicians at the reception, too! The concert starts at 3:00. Would you like to join the CCCYO? Ask your Mom and Dad about joining us! And Homeschoolers, if you too have at least two years of experience on your instrument, and you can rehearse on Thursday afternoons from 4:30-6:30, you too should call or e-mail and find out when you can audition! Auditions are year-round, and if you audition now, you'll be ready for our fifth season starting in September. For more information, please e-mail or call Mrs. Katrina S. Axelrod, Administrator, at (203) 235-7445. The CCCYO is a program of the Meriden ArtsTrust, Inc.

WE Support YOU! Mark, We are very proud of you! We miss you everyday and love you everyday! Love, Mom, Ken, Macey and Alec Forever Grateful Proud of Edward V. Witkovic Dad, thank you for serving our country during the Vietnam Era. As a little girl, I remember looking up to you in your uniform as you left for drill weekend. I still look up to you today. I am very proud of you and grateful that you have served your country. Love always-your daughter, Christine Laudano

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Food for thought…..redux!

by Ernie Larsen My last article somewhat established my emergence as, well I guess I'd be considered a 'foodie'. Maybe that's not the correct connotation, but I do like to cook, collect recipes, entertain, enjoy different dining experiences and once a year compete in the Durham Fair baking competitions; so now what? Well with the price of gas going beyond belief, a lot of people are opting to stay home - not eating out - time for some good home cooked chow. And then I realized a lot of people really do not have a basic knowledge of food preparation and meal planning. An easy way to plan meals is ask everyone their favorite dish and feature it a different night each week, or even better have people involve themselves with the meal prep. Cooking really isn't that intimidating - as long as you have the right ingredients and basic cooking implements. I could suggest some of our 'staples' of the past and of late - may not be to everyone's taste - here goes: 1. American Chop Suey (goulash) 2. Cube Steaks 3. Tacos/beef/chicken/tuna 4. Sautéed chicken w/artichokes, capers, etc… 5. Macaroni and cheese 6. Hungry Jack casserole 7. Kielbasa, kraut and mashed potatoes 8. Pork chops in the Crock Pot/slow cooker 9. Stuffed peppers 10. Pasta, sauce, sausage, meatballs Most of the dishes revolve around a main ingredient, be it beef, chicken, pork or tuna. My son was never a fan of red meat and we always made sure he had chicken or tuna dish. Believe it or not, a tuna taco is pretty tasty. So, you say you don't want to spend all that time preparing food - well there are a lot of convenience foods out there, I remember when I was a little tyke,

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shopping with my mother Franco-American spaghetti was as convenient as food got; then Chef Boy-Ar-Dee came on the market with 'authentic' Italian pasta packaged with sauce and cheese as an easy way to prepare a meal. Just add a salad and loaf of crusty breads and you'll think you are in Venice. Then it was the advent of the TV dinner - the premise being food that was already prepared, portioned and packaged - so you just heat it and sit in front of the tube and have your evening or whatever meal. That was a novelty in our house, my mother cooked and the guys ate and it wasn't TV dinners or prepared food - the only 'food from outside' we had on a regular basis was pizza and then only from the Little Rendezvous on Pratt Street, a tradition which continues to this day. So, getting back to convenience foods, well, nowadays, they've rounded the corner and some, in my opinion, border on the ridiculous. Just yesterday in the supermarket I noticed already garlic mashed garlic potatoes, one pound for $2.99 when just steps away a bag of ten pounds of potatoes was selling for $1.89….yes that's right. And another ridiculous item, in my eyes, is already cooked bacon or how about already chopped onions, although they've been around a while; there are a few more things that are available, some are just pure laziness, however there must be a market or they wouldn't be on the shelves. So you see, if you really don't want to cook, there are alternatives. One of the most popular convenience foods in markets these days are the store roasted chickens. Almost every supermarket you enter offers some version of this item, some whole chickens, some featuring turkey breast/parts, various flavorings and sizes. I have to admit we have taken advantage of these chickens for a quick meal - either with just a salad or some potato salad (home made) but you could go the all-convenience route, buy the chicken at the deli, a container of potato salad or Cole slaw, add some grilled veggies from the deli case - I'd estimate you could do a meal for 4 for about $10-12. And there are so many more foods that require little or no preparation available in the grocery store, it's mind-boggling. I remember another meal from the past, fish sticks and mac and cheese. Real baked macaroni, not the boxed imitation cheese stuff, this was a Friday night special. So many memories, all centered on food, which real life seems to be revolve around, remembering my thoughts from my first food writings.. So, I gave you some hints for meal planning and I was thinking someone may want an easy recipe; well here's one with two main ingredients, couldn't be easier and I'm happy to share it with you: Crock Pot Pork Chops Ingredients: Four (4) boneless pork chops, 1" thick* One (1) can of cream of mushroom soup, condensed Method: Season chops with salt, pepper or pepper blend Brown each side in skillet or on grill Scoop out soup mixture into Crock pot, place chops in pot (if browned in a pan deglaze with wine and pour mixture into crock pot) Cook on low for 8 hours or high for 4 hours Serves up to 4 depending on portion size Serve this with mashed potatoes and canned yellow corn I made this recipe just last week, went home at lunch, seasoned up the chops, browned on a grill pan with ridges, deglazed the pan put the soup mixture and deglazing liquid in the pan added the chops and set it on high for 4 hours. You get fork tender, tasty chops. For a variation on the cooking use a can of stewed tomatoes instead of the soup. Or you can use different types of condensed soup; the soup actually makes a nice sauce to accompany the chops. If you don't have a Crock-Pot, they are available in many department/discount stores, saw one the other day for just $12.00. On the Rival, inventor of the slow cooker Crock Pot, they have a 3.5 quart model for $19.99 and I'm sure the discounters will sell this for a lot less. Now you see making a home-cooked meal is not really that difficult, even from scratch. Give it a try, get the family together, have some good conversation, find out what the kid's are doing, how school or work is going; remember, talk is good. Enjoy…… * I wait until these go on sale and buy the family packs and break them down into 4 chops packages and freeze them, very economical, okay cheap, but nowadays, every penny counts, eh?.

June Movie Nights at Wallingford Public Library

The Library's Community Room now boasts surround sound and state-of-theart movie screening equipment. To celebrate this long awaited installation, the Wallingford Public Library will be presenting the following movie event in June. Family Movie Night, Thursday June 19th at 6:30 p.m. Our family movie night features a fantasy epic with more than a passing resemblance to the Lord of the Rings and Chronicles of Narnia film franchises, The Golden Compass. Please note the movie's PG-13 rating. Suitable for an older audience than Narnia (though younger than The Lord of the Rings), it deals with complex concepts, violence (though largely bloodless) and implied death, children and animals in peril, and an unrelentingly ominous and unsettling mood. All movie nights are free and open to the public. No registration is required. Refreshments will be available. Please call the Library for more information: 203-265-6754.


Come along and experience the "Spirit of the Old West" in the program "Tracks, Trails and Treasures" presented by Chuck Oakes at the Meriden Public Library on Wednesday, June 11 at 6:30 p.m. in the Griffin Room. Mr. Oakes will share his photographs and stories of haunted saloons, abandoned mining camps and ghost towns as he explores our historic West. The program is free and open to the public but seating is limited. Contact the Community Services Department at 203 6306349, email or visit and click on "Adult events" to reserve a seat.


Meriden Public Library will host a gardening program by local gardener Kelly Fuerstenberg on Wednesday, June 25 at 6:30 p.m. in the Griffin Room. Ms. Fuerstenberg will discuss planting perennials for spring and summer gardens, as well as introduce variations of the old stand by plants that will spark up your garden. The program is free and open to the public. Since seating is limited, free registration is requested by contacting the Community Services Department at (203) 630-6349, email or sign up online at and click on "Adult events".


Come to the Meriden Public Library on Saturday, June 21 at 2:00 p.m. to watch chef instructor Kashia Cave prepare delicious dishes for a 4 th of July celebration. Ms. Cave will prepare a herb potato salad; walnut, pear and crispy bacon green salad; oven chicken with mango barbeque sauce; and grilled pineapple with vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce. Samples of the dishes and the recipes will be available. Kashia Cave is a native of the island of Trinidad and Tobago, a graduate of the Connecticut Culinary Institute, and an American Culinary Federation Award winner. She is currently employed at the Union League Café in New Haven , which was voted best restaurant in Connecticut in 2007 by Connecticut Magazine's Reader's poll. Ms. Cave has a passion for cooking and enjoys teaching adults and children how to be creative in the kitchen. The program is free and all are invited. Seating is limited. Contact the Community Services Department at (203) 630-6349.

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Rescued Cats Need Homes

Lori Peck, M.H.S. Dedicated Volunteer First of all, thank you to all of you who have recently adopted from our shelter, donated your time, food and bedding for our animals and for any monetary donations. Many of you have seen or heard on t.v. that the Meriden Humane Society stepped up to the plate in April and rescued 48 cats, kittens and pregnant cats from a New Britain home. These cats were not spayed or neutered, needed their shots and some needed surgery. Because they were all indoors, they were living in their own feces. Now that they are clean and healthy, most of these cats are available for adoption. One month later, the M.H.S. gets yet another alarming call. To rescue possibly 50 cats, at a Summer St. home in Meriden. There ends up being over 65 cats, kittens and pregnant cats. Some are emaciated and dehydrated, have decayed teeth or upper respiratory infections. Again, these cats are not spayed or neutered. This will cost approximately $175.00 per cat, for shots, neutering, defleeing and deworming. This does not include food or any additional medical costs. You can imagine how hard the staff and volunteers are working to help all of these animals and to keep our facility clean, but we are desperately in need of monetary funding to do so. We are also looking for volunteers, especially in the morning. We need your help now! As always, we can always use Purina Cat & Kitten Chow, wet cat food (no fish please), any Lysol products, laundry detergent, paper towels, etc. Please keep us in mind when discarding your old bedding or towels. We use towels, blankets and sheets for animal bedding. Anything you can do right now, will be appreciated. Please call us at (203)238-3650 or stop by the shelter at 311 Murdock Ave. You can also view some of our animals on our website @ See you at the shelter!

Wallingford Community Swim Program Prepared for 62nd Year of Service Looking for a great way for your kids to have fun, get exercise, and learn water safety? Enroll them in the American Red Cross Summer Swim Program and help them learn how to swim. The American Red Cross has been conducting water safety classes for the Wallingford Community for over 60 years, and we are looking forward to another successful summer. On the night of June 11, 1946, the Wallingford Red Cross Board of Directors discussed the details of initiating water safety classes for the local community. That summer the first classes were held by a Red Cross Instructor at Baldwin Pond in Meriden. Today, the tradition continues as the 2008 Wallingford Community Swim Program is gearing up to start on June 30 at the Wallingford Community Pool. Classes will run from June 2 through August 8 and are open to Wallingford residents only. Morning and evening classes will be offered. Our two Water Safety Instructors, Denise Murphy and Amanda Gaboury, will be working together to teach participants basic water safety and work with them to develop their swimming skills. The Wallingford Community Swim Program provides summer employment for youth and helps our community stay safe in, on and around the water. For more information contact Anna at the Wallingford Red Cross office at 265-6721, or visit our website at Anna Flint

Home Country

Slim Randles Doc was out back of his place the other day, pruning his grapevines with the kind of precision only a semi-retired practicing surgeon can do. Steve was standing nearby, sipping coffee and watching Doc work. Doc makes good coffee. There was a rasping sound then, dopplering over Doc's yard from east to west. Doc, without looking up, said, "Morning Wheezer." "Didn't catch that, Doc." "That's ol' Wheezer," Doc said, waving his hand up toward the heavens. "Didn't you hear him? Mourning dove. Lives here and in the yards on either side. Something's wrong with his voice." "Ah," said Steve, the cowboy philosopher. He nodded and tried to look wise, but only managed a tilt-headed owl look. But at least he does it well. Doc sat back and smiled up at Steve. "Ol' Wheeze there, he's been around for three years I know of. When he flies over, I always say hello to him. Must be getting old, talking to doves, huh?" "What's wrong with his voice?" Steve asked. "I'm no vet," said Doc, "but if you'll go catch him, we can check him out." They both laughed. "The only reason I know he's a he is because I saw him courting this cute little lady dove this spring. She thought his raspy ol' voice was charming and wonderful," Doc said. "He goes over on Vivian's roof sometimes, and then back over to Rob's place, but mainly he lives on my roof and in the tree branches." Steve owled up his face and was philosophizing real hard, as anyone could see. "Whatcha thinkin', Steve?" "Just occurred to me, Doc," he said. "You've learned a lot about this bird, and have made him your friend, in a way. And you've been able to follow his actions and family life and everything. And none of that would've been possible if

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10 Year Old Neighbors and Friends Raise $$$ for Relay for Life Saturday June 14th Sammi Chagnon and Maria Granquist have been friends for most of their lives. They live right next door to each other and have a lot of common interests. Both of their moms captain a Relay for Life Team and have their daughters participate. The two friends will hold a tag sale to help raise money for their Relay for Life Teams. The girls had a talk and decided they would donate 50% of all sales to the American Cancer Society. They primarily will be selling some of their toys, books, videos, barbies, bratz dolls, and other children’s items. There will be some household items, clothing both children and adult sizes, board games, beanie babies, unopened toys like Stuart Little Remote Control Car and a unopened Furby. At the time of this letter we have not completed out list of items, more being added daily. Both will be participating in the June 28th/29th Relay at Quinnipiac University. Sammi is on the Curves for A Cure Team and Maria is a member of the Rebels With A Cause Team. Donations can be made on line at the following web site. Just search by their names at: Division?pg=pfind&fr_id=7003 The Tag sale will take place at 212 and/or 216 Mansion Road in Wallingford. Saturday June 14th from 9am-2pm Curves For a Cure will be holding a Pasta Dinner at the Miller Memorial Library Senior Center in Hamden on Friday June 20th from 6:15-9pm tickets available at Curves of Hamden 1869 Dixwell Ave Hamden. $8 for adults $5 for children (4 years and younger free) 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the ACS. The Menu will include Pasta (Whole Wheat available too) ,meatballs, sausage, salad, soft drinks and desserts

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PRAYER TO The Blessed Virgin: Never known to fail. Oh most beautiful power of Mt. Carmel, Fruitful Vine, Splendor of Heaven, Blessed Mother of the Son of God, Immaculate Virgin, assist me in my necessity. Oh Star of the Sea, help me and show me that you are my mother. Oh Holy Mary, Mother of God, Queen of Heaven and earth, I humbly seek you from the bottom of my heart to secure me in my necessity. (Make your request). There are none that can withstand your pwer. Oh Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee (3 times). Holy Mary, I place this prayer in your hands (3 times). Say this prayer for three consecutive days and then you must publish it and it will be granted to you. Grateful Thanks. J.K.

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By Dorothy Gonick

Porcupine story

Annual Plant Sale Thanks

The Southwest Conservation District Executive Director Roman Mrozinski wishes to thank our many volunteers from the UCONN Certified Master Gardeners and Interns as well as North Haven, Daytime Gardeners of North Haven and Wallingford Garden Club members. Special thanks to Ellie Harple (Daytime Gardeners) and Gail Eisenhauer (NHGC) who assisted with the plant inventory as well as the sorting of the customers orders along with (WGC) Joanne McLean, Barbara Hannon, Fran Pellegrino, Carole Golitko, Marilyn Ollayos, Bert Subkowsky, Helen Daney, Ann Gouin, Bobbie Garvey and (NHGC) Mary Cameron as well as (MG) Marvin Carley and Mary Lee Obert. Thanks to those who assisted the customers on the sales days: (WGC) Lillian Weaver, Maryan Lindholm and Shirley Lagerstrom; (NHGC) Cathy Parent,. Jan Tracey, Lois Stover, (MG) Gail Eisenhauer, Marvin Carley, Mira Schachne and Joan Lenart along with UCONN Interns: Jill Casertano, Betsy Fertma, Judi Freudenburg, Marianna Greenlee, Doris Murphy, Donna Wrubel, Kathy Kobishyn, June Bencivenga, Pat Bender and Valerie Traumer. From North Haven and Wallingford Garden Club member as well as Master Gardener and Administrative Assistant/Plant Sale Organizer Ellie Tessmer, we couldn't have done it without all of you.

North Haven Garden Club Annual Meeting and Tour Recently a 2nd grade friend, Jacob, gave me his drawing of a porcupine, for which I have written this story. The full moon was rising when Jake and Porky awoke hungry for food. Mama porcupine was brushing her quills after a day's sleep. She gazed fondly at her young ones who were growing bigger and had been begging to spend the night with her as she wandered in the forest. They were so excited when mother said, 'Tonight is the night!" After tumbling from the hollow tree trunk that was their home, Jake and Porky followed closely behind mama. Mama cautioned them, saying "Remember what our home smells like, and you'll find it easily when we come back." As they waddled along, mama led them to patches of clover and skunk cabbage for delicious food. They tried other leaves and then Mama began gnawing on a twig, reminding them that they had sharp teeth and could gnaw small tasty twigs. She said that as they grew older, they would find that tree limbs and bark would make a good meal, especially when winter snows covered most shrubs and plants. There were many strange sounds in the night which scared them and caused their quills to rise, so they looked like walking pincushions. They kept close to Mama who explained that animals seldom bothered porcupines because they feared their spiny quills, and the noises were part of the night world.

The North Haven Garden Club will have a guided walking tour for members at the Pardee Rose Garden, 180 Park Road in Hamden on June 12, 2008 at 4:30. We will learn about the garden's many roses, annual, perennials and herbs. Following the tour, we will gather at Antonio's Pizza Restaurant for our annual dinner meeting and installation of officers. Annual Reports are due from chairs to the president. North Haven Garden Club is a member of The Federated Garden Clubs of Connecticut, Inc. and National Garden Clubs, Inc.

Celebrations of Life and Home

On another outing Mama called them to follow her as she chose a nearby pine tree and began climbing. Jake and Porky looked at each other in surprise. 'Oh, come on my porcupettes, you've got sharp claws that will bring you up this tree. Jake began climbing and said, "Wow! This is great, come on Porky-we can do it." And Porky did. Mama was sitting in the crotch of the tree waiting for them to clamber onto it. She told them that this was one of her favorite perches for sleeping during the daytime, away from any danger on the ground. It was safer to search for food during the nighttime, when dogs and big creatures were usually asleep. After resting and nibbling on the spicy pine needles, Mama led the way down the tree and they slowly waddled along the path to their home, where they sleepily curled into prickly balls and slept their tiredness away. After several excursions with Mama, Jake and Porky felt bold enough to wander outside all by themselves. Mama smiled as she watched them go. Finding tasty food to nibble was easy. Nighttime noises sounded eerier without Mama along. They came to a young tree whose bark showed it had been gnawed. Jake said, "this must be a tree that Mama's chewed on, let's climb up and have a meal in safety." They climbed that young tree; found a sturdy branch to sit on and began to nibble its bark. From their high perch they looked below and saw an animal emerge from nearby Beaver Pond and stop below them. It was big and looked like Papa, but had no quills. To their surprise, it began gnawing on the base of their tree. Jake and Porky sat as if frozen to their branch quivering with fear. Suddenly the tree began swaying and landed into the water with a big splash! The little porcupines were thrown from their perch and dunked into the pond. Because their quills were hollow and filled with air, Jake and Porky popped to the surface like balloons, and quickly began paddling like crazy to reach the shore and clamber up the muddy bank. Shaking off the water, they hurried home to tell Mama of the frighteningly huge animal that dumped them into the pond and of how they escaped by paddling across to safety. What a tale they had to tell their mother!

Stone Soup and The Peoples Press?

By Andy Reynolds One of my favorite stories is about Stone Soup. Where a stranger comes to town and the people ignore him until he starts a fire, places a stone in a pot of water and starts to cook it. Naturally, the members of the community slowly come out one by one curious at what it is that he's making and one by one they add something from their own home to the Stone Soup. Before long its stock filled with veggies and turns into a wonderful soup, this simple Stone Soup. I am incredibly humbled by the amount of ingredients that you've shared for our little Rock Soup Newspaper "The People's Press." It is a true reflection of who you are and what our communities really stand for. I have received so many calls of support over the last few months - thank you all for that. Bottom line is that this paper is not about me - it's about you. It's not what's important to me - it's what's important to you! Read the wonderful stories and look at the great photos in this issue. They are all about good news, pieces of your lives, and in the end a pretty good Stone Soup. That does not mean there is not room to improve. If you have not shared the ingredients of your life - it's about time you did. It could be a poem, a story, a photo, a recipe or some advice that would make a difference in someone else's life. You will only add to the soup as every month more and more flavors come in and add to the taste. If you are a community or civic group, we have always promoted your cause and will continue to do so. If you are on a mission, let us help you. If you want to celebrate what someone is or has done, let us help you. If you would like to wish someone a happy birthday or anniversary with a photo, let us help you. If your church has a fund raiser planned, let us help you. The People's Press wants to give you the help you need before it happens, and not after. What's the cost for all of this? It's FREE! Why is it free? It's because of the LOCAL businesses that support this paper. They are the fire under the pot of Stone Soup that we cook every month. Notice that this is not a mall paper or jammed with 18,000,000 inserts. It's just folks that love and support the towns that they work and live in. I hope you support them as they have supported you. In the end, when all is said and done, this paper would be nothing without YOU! Thank you for making us Central Connecticut's' True Community Newspaper! If you would like to add some ingredients to our next issue which comes out in late June, there are several ways to submit: Mail to: The People's Press P.O. Box 4459, Yalesville CT 06492 Fax to: 203 630-2581 Email to: Website: and click on the submit button. I hope you enjoy this month's Stone Soup. It's one of our best yet. Life is Good! Sincerely, Andy Reynolds - Publisher of The People's Press

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The Hamden Girl Scouts Service Unit honored Quinnipiac University students for volunteer work at a ceremony April 23, 2008, at the Miller Senior Center in Hamden. Students honored are, left to right, Caitlyn Goldberg, Rachael Wallens, Sophia Rocchio-Heller, Katrina Francis of Wallingford and Marianne Gorski. Donna Farrell, far right, secretary for Quinnipiac’s vice president of development and alumni affairs, accepted an award on behalf of her daughter, Caitlin Farrell, and Quinnipiac University for seven years of Quinnipiac students working with the Hamden Girl Scouts.

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Hope is necessary in every condition. The miseries of poverty, sickness, of captivity, would, without this comfort, be insupportable. ~Samuel Johnson Hope is the physician of each misery. ~Irish Proverb Celebrations of Life & Home Congratulations Derek on making your first Holy Communion. Love always and forever, Grandma

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Dear Housewives - Central Connecticut’s Know It All Gals

Dear Readers, Do you have a question regarding family life, budgeting, customer service issues, DVD or book reviews, or home organization? We will give you our candid advise from a family perspective. Contact The Peoples Press by e-mail or phone with your confidential question and we will answer it in the next issue. Let us all make this summer a summer filled with adventure. June and Flora Dear Housewives, Can you two tell me what makes a parent an involved one. I have toddlers and I want to be involved and I just don't know how. I don't want to be overbearing though, I have seen that unfold. And tell me why are some parents interested and involved and others are not. Mother of two toddlers in Meriden FLORA: An involved parent is one that is interested in their child's life. Listen to them. Find out what their strengths are, the things that make them excited not depleted. Communicate with them from the beginning and do not stop the dialogue. Lay off the cell phone and have conversations in the car and while you are walking around. Read-Read-Read. Read to your children from birth and you will develop a bond for life. No matter how busy a parent is, they can and should take some time to sit and read to their child. Who are the involved ones? Perhaps it's a parent that likes to have some sort of control on things in life. Control, but in a healthy way. The ones that want to know, that seek answers, the ones that wonder. You may have friends like that. The friends that you can have lengthy discussions about life. They are the change makers in life, doing their little bit to make the world better by raising children that will be productive citizens. Informed parents usually are more involved. JUNE: Wow, this is a question! Common sense will tell you if you are involved. Do you know where your kid goes, what they do in school or who their friends are? Do you know their teacher? You don't have to be overbearing, you can allow your child to have their own time and you don't have to know every little detail of their day. If you take the time to play with your child, read to your child and do the things I mentioned above, you are pretty involved in their lives. I can't answer why some parents are interested and some aren't. Some may not have had the type of parents to set an example when they were growing up or some are selfish and self absorbed. I often wondered why these people have kids. I think they think they have to. Keep up the good work mom, I bet you are doing a great job. FLORA: Yes, some may not have had the role models growing up to set a good example. When you become an adult (the time to have children, not before...) you can break the cycle of any family issues that were not positive. It can and will be challenging, but a committed person, with support can break destructive, unhealthy patterns from childhood. So, if you did not have parents that were interested in you and involved, you can change your family tree. Children only know what they see in our actions, not by what we say. So listen to them, ask questions, read to them and encourage them to blossom in where their strengths are. Dear Housewives, How do I fit exercise into my life. I do not work outside the home but have 3 children under 8 and baby-sit a few hours a week for a friend. I need a routine. Can you offer any tips? Waist is not wasting away in Wallingford JUNE: It is hard once you have more than one child to get into a work out regime. Energy is a big issue too. I have found if I make plans to walk or work out with a friend I will not be as apt to skip it because someone else is counting on you. Try to get enough sleep at night and eat healthy. This will give you more energy. There are local gyms that have very affordable rates and if you can get a friend to go with you then you can lose the weight together. No need to be in competition, you can help each other. Especially if you are both similar in the amount of weight you want to lose. Flora and I had a our first walk together "date" and it was fun and we got a good walk out of it. See you next time Flora. FLORA: Invest in some DVD's. Browse around the Fitness Section of your local book store. If a workout is 30 minutes or less, you may be more committed to it. Get the sleep as June mentioned but rise 40 minutes earlier and do your DVD before the day begins to get moving. If your children are early risers, let them watch you. I remember doing ab exercises with my toddler crawling all over me. JUNE: I look forward to our next 'walking date'. What a workout! HW Chit Chat Hi there June, I saw a good movie and it was only 4 years old! It was a 2004 film titled "A Love Song for Bobby Long" that starred John Travolta and Scarlett Johansson. I loved the characters and was lost in the movie. It was the story of an 18 years old young woman returning home to New Orleans after her estranged mother died. The house she sought to reclaim is inhabited by two alcoholics. The movie develops the characters and the relationships between all three of them. It showed me once again that everyone has a story and when we pass a stranger and wonder why would they live like that or wonder why people make the choices they do, it all has to do with 'their story'. this is one story that I enjoyed. Wow Flora, are you up to the 2004's already? This is one I never saw too. Maybe I will give it a try. Here is a movie for you. "Juno". We watched it this past weekend and it was pretty good actually. It is the story of a 16 year old girl who gets pregnant and decides to give the baby to a couple who can't get pregnant. There are some surprises in the movie and the actors did a nice job developing their respective characters. All in all a pretty good Indy to rent. Also, my oldest Junebug and I went to his friend's birthday party and saw "Narnia II: Prince Caspian". It was very good. A lot of fighting though. My son loved it and I have to say, so did I. Go see it everyone. It is a good one for the big screen. Hope, deceitful as it is, serves at least to lead us to the end of our lives by an agreeable route. ~François Duc de La Rochefoucauld

TWILIGHT TUNES SUMMER CONCERT SERIES All concerts are held on the parade grounds at Town Hall and begin at 7:00pm July 9th - Blue Agaves July 16th - Changes in Latitudes Jimmy Buffet Tribute Band July 23rd - Latanya Farrell & The Bookman Styles Band July 30th - Skyhoundz Frisbee Dog Competition Doolittle Park August 6th - The Musical Mystery Tour August 13th - The All Star Disco Review August 20th - Airborne Jazz Band Register for all Camp Programs Today At 6 Fairfield Boulevard, Wallingford - 203.294.2120

PRAYER TO The Blessed Virgin: Never known to fail. Oh most beautiful power of Mt. Carmel, Fruitful Vine, Splendor of Heaven, Blessed Mother of the Son of God, Immaculate Virgin, assist me in my necessity. Oh Star of the Sea, help me and show me that you are my mother. Oh Holy Mary, Mother of God, Queen of Heaven and earth, I humbly seek you from the bottom of my heart to secure me in my necessity. (Make your request). There are none that can withstand your pwer. Oh Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee (3 times). Holy Mary, I place this prayer in your hands (3 times). Say this prayer for three consecutive days and then you must publish it and it will be granted to you. Grateful Thanks. A.P.R.

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MAX E. MURAVNICK MERIDEN SENIOR CITIZENS' CENTER The Max E. Muravnick Meriden Senior Citizens' Center is open to all Meriden residents age 55 and over. Membership is free of charge and new members may sign-up any weekday between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. by presenting a driver's license or other proof of age. New members receive an information package about senior services and a coupon entitling them to one complimentary lunch in our Senior Community Café. Sign-up today and find out about all that is offered for Meriden seniors at the Max E. Muravnick Senior Center! The 38th annual "Special Day for Special People" will be held in Hubbard Park on Saturday, June 14 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The free picnic in the park for Meriden senior citizens 60 and over was started in 1970 by Charlie Byron, assisted by Max Muravnick. Special Day for Special People is a picnic with hot dogs, chips, popcorn, soda, watermelon and ice cream served by student volunteers and funded by contributions from Meriden businesses, clubs, civic organizations and the Meriden City Council. More than 300 people attend the picnic each year and all Meriden seniors are invited to attend Special Day! The program will open with a Flag Day ceremony by the Meriden Antique Veterans. Mayor Mark D. Benigni will then welcome the crowd assembled in front of the band shell. Entertainment will be provided throughout the day by Vinnie Carr, popular keyboard player and vocalist who knows all of your favorite songs! DB Magic will also provide entertainment with Magician David Alan doing balloon sculptures assisted by Bogus the Clown! Free bingo with prizes will start at 12:30 pm under the pavilion. Shuttle buses will circulate through the downtown area that morning to provide you with free transportation to Hubbard Park. For further information on transportation call the Senior Center Mini-Bus Office at 2373338. Be sure not to miss this year's Special Day for Special People on Saturday, June 14! Senior Center staff members are now taking applications for the Rent Relief Program ("Circuit Breaker") sponsored by the State of Connecticut. The program provides eligible renters with money back on their 2007 rent and utilities based on their income and expenses. Application hours are Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon and from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. To be eligible, applicants must have been 65 or over as of December 31, 2007 or be enrolled in Social Security Disability. Proof of 2007 income must be presented, including a copy of your 2007 income tax, if filed, Social Security 1099, and all other income. Income limits are $29,800 for a single person and $36,500 for a married couple. Please note that recipients of cash assistance from DSS during 2007 will have the amount of that assistance deducted from their benefit check. Applicants must also provide rent receipts and utility bills or canceled checks for the entire year of 2007. Utilities include electric, gas, oil and water payments (cable TV, telephone and air conditioning are not included). For further information call the Senior Center at 237-0066. For people residing in other Connecticut cities and towns, contact your local Tax Assessor's Office for information on the Rent Relief Program in your community. Free hearing aid assistance will be offered on Tuesday, June 10 from 9:30 AM to 12:00 noon. Hearing Aid Specialist Nick Wills from Miracle Ear at the Meriden Square will provide free hearing tests, ear examinations, hearing aid cleaning and checks, general assistance and answer any questions you may have about your hearing aid. This service will be offered on a first come, first served basis in an office on the first floor of the Senior Center. Enjoy the great weather and we'll see you at Hubbard Park for Special Day for Special People on June 14! John F. Hogarth-Senior Center Director

RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE Wednesday, July 2, 2008 An American Red Cross Blood Drive will be held on July 2, 1:00 to 6:00 p.m., at the Senior Center. Volunteers are needed to help run the canteen, make sandwiches, and provide baked goods for the donors. Registration and escort volunteers are also needed. Please sign up if you can help in any way. Also, blood donors are desperately needed. There is no longer an upper age limit for blood donors. As long as you are in good health, you can donate blood. Please consider giving the gift of life. Call 1-800-448-3543 to schedule your appointment. Thank you! Hope is the feeling we have that the feeling we have is not permanent. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1960

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What you need to know!

Kick For A Cause Wallingford's own Kick For A Cause women's soccer tournament held a fund-raiser on Thursday, May 15, at Gouveia Vineyards. The tournament, held annually in July, raises money for local charities. After the 2008 event, proceeds will be donated to the Wallingford Wishing Well. Sally Tremaine, Chair of the Kick For A Cause Board of Directors, was pleased at the turn-out for the event. "It was a beautiful evening, and the setting at Gouveia is a big draw. We had a great turnout - not only did we have attendees from Wallingford, people from Guilford, New Haven and Berlin also came to support our cause." This year's tournament will be held July 26-27, at Veteran's Memorial Park in Wallingford. Teams from all over Connecticut, as well as Long Island and Rhode Island will compete in over-30, over-40 and over-50 age groups. Tammy Kabai, member of the Board of Directors of the Kick For A Cause tournament, donates canned goods to Cheryl Avery of the Wallingford Wishing Well at a wine-tasting fund-raiser held recently at Gouveia Vineyards.

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You must present to the Town Clerk’s Office: 1. Certificate of current rabies vaccination or the license cannot be issued. 2. A certificate of neuter/spay to obtain the lower license rate. PLEASE bring your postcard mailer with you to expedite the process!

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HOLY TRINITY PARISH BAZAAR, now in its 38th year, will take place in the church parking lot on 84 No. Colony Street, Wallingford, beginning on Monday, June 2nd through Saturday, June 7th. Food, games of chance and skill, rides and arts & crafts will be featured throughout the week. Two new rides from Tufano Amusements and a 50/50 raffle (twice nightly) have been added this year. Wristband nights are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and at the Saturday Matinee from 2-5 PM. The raffle drawing will be on Saturday evening, June 7th, at 10 PM. Everyone is invited and encourage to attend with their family and friends. Contact the church at 203-269-8791 for more information.


A few of the organizers for the Connecticut Irish Festival, Feis (pronounced 'fesh') and Agricultural Fair to be held at the North Haven Fairgrounds met recently to discuss the activities planned to take place June 21 and 22. The event is presented by the Irish American Community Center. There is nothing so well known as that we should not expect something for nothing - but we all do and call it Hope. ~Edgar Howe

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Energy Medicine: What it is and what it does Although it has been practiced for thousands of years in other parts of the world, energy medicine is only now beginning, albeit gradually, to become a known reality in this country. What is happening as well, and perhaps what is supporting this awakening, is that the field is becoming progressively more diverse. As with main stream medicine, which has a wide variety of approaches to health care such as family medicine, cardiology, pediatrics, endocrinology, and neurology, energy medicine encompasses a broad spectrum as well. Within the field of energy medicine, there are practitioners who work solely with the Biofield, a non-specific energetic field which exists in and around the body. (It is through the biofield that we experience those electrical charges which can shock us unexpectedly when we touch something.) The biofield is composed of all the means of energy flow that exist in our system, from every time we move, we breathe, or our heart beats and our organs function. Approaches such as Reiki and Therapeutic Touch are examples of those who deal with this larger, less defined or specific expression of energy. There are also practitioners who focus solely on the Meridians which are lines of energy similar to garden hoses which run throughout our bodies. Many meridians, although certainly not all, are identified with organs. In China and Japan, for example, meridians are considered traditional points of focus in working with one who is ill and in need of balancing or healing. Within this approach to energy medicine, the elements of Fire, Earth, Metal or Air, Water and Wood are considered the basics elements of life and are considered to be reflected in various body parts. From this perspective, the water element of life, for example, is considered to be reflected in the organ pair of Bladder and Kidney. From this pair of organs there are energy lines, or Meridians, that are well-defined and which flow from the head to the foot and back. Because these two organs work as a pair, if one is deficient, the other may be excessive. The objective in working with the meridians or other energy channels is to bring balance first within the pair discussed and then directly or indirectly between each of the pairs and the many other energy flows in the system as well. Research has shown that each of the meridians or channels are reflective of not only physical but also emotional stresses that are impacting the body. Consequently, when we receive Acupuncture (with hair-thin needles) or Acupressure (without needles) the intent is to balance our bodies multi-dimensionally supporting a healthy energetic flow on all levels. In addition, the Chakras, a Hindu word for other energy centers in the body which are cone or wheel shaped, are another focus of energy flow that particular practitioners focus on. Although there are hundreds of chakras throughout our system, some large and some small, most chakra work focuses on the seven major chakras in our system. They run from the base of the body at the peritoneum, to the crown of the head with pairs that exist between these locations within the abdomen, the solar plexus, the heart, the throat, and in the forehead. Each of these chakras feed the organs or systems they are related to and that exist within their physical scope. As with the meridians, these are multi-dimensional realities. Each has unique physical, emotional, and spiritual implications for your system, in a very healthy way if they are working and in a very unhealthy way if they are not. There are practitioners who work solely with this source of energy flows in the system as well. Barbara Brennan as well as others teach this approach to the energy field. There are numerous books on the market which discuss these various flows in great detail. Carolyn Myss has a book entitled Anatomy of the Spirit which describes some of this work. Anodea Judith has a comprehensive book entitled Eastern Body/Western Mind which discusses the blend of each of these levels of the energy field and how they interact. As you read, you will see that they are all distinct and yet they are all one. Rather than being a new concept, or something unfamiliar, most of us have already experienced in the energy in our body and yet never identified it as such. We already know how the energy in our body is supposed to feel without even realizing it. This is demonstrated when we sense something is not right yet when we go to the doctor, he/she cannot find anything wrong. It is an example of our own intuition (inner knowing), our own awareness of our body on an energetic level, coming into action. On a deeper level than we are usually conscious of, we sense an imbalance in our body, yet it cannot be detected through traditional medical tests. That is because all disease and disorder begins on an energetic level. When this sense of imbalance is still solely on an energetic level and is not yet in the physical body, we are aware of it yet it is not yet physically visible by those who have been trained to see it. It is at this initial point that it is the ideal time to deal with the problem with minimal impact on your life. What cannot be detected by an EEG or an EKG for example, can be detected by a well-trained practitioner. To fully understand this work, the work of Energy Medicine, it is important to know that everything that exists, that we see, sense or feel, is made up of energy. Our physical bodies are simply energy slowed down to a state that creates physical mass. The unique blend of that mass is what creates our individuality. In its natural state, energy is fluid, flowing, and vibrant, the way we feel when we are healthy and well-rested. When it is not, something has gone wrong, minimally or in a major way. When we are sick or have a disease, an energetic block has developed somewhere in the physical body, or the energy flow is minimized or deficient thus, the body is not able to function as it is meant to. Often the energy simply needs to be balanced or a block may need to be released. Every thought you have ever had is an energetic reality. Every feeling you have ever had is an energetic reality. When you do not deal with these, when you decide that you are not supposed to think or feel "that way" and block it, hold it in, you literally stagnate that energy flow thus creating something similar to an energetic cyst in your system. That cyst can be dissolved with the energy re-assimilated into your system so that things flow freely again. This can be done in working as a generalist with the biofield, or as a specialist in working with the meridians or the chakras. Whether you learn how to release that block yourself or see a practitioner to do it for you, it is extremely beneficial to see someone who can help you understand your own energy patterns and the ways in which you, specifically, hold or utilize your energy. Continued on Page 17

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Deadline for the next issue is June 23, 2008 PRAYER TO The Blessed Virgin: Never known to fail. Oh most beautiful power of Mt. Carmel, Fruitful Vine, Splendor of Heaven, Blessed Mother of the Son of God, Immaculate Virgin, assist me in my necessity. Oh Star of the Sea, help me and show me that you are my mother. Oh Holy Mary, Mother of God, Queen of Heaven and earth, I humbly seek you from the bottom of my heart to secure me in my necessity. (Make your request). There are none that can withstand your pwer. Oh Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee (3 times). Holy Mary, I place this prayer in your hands (3 times). Say this prayer for three consecutive days and then you must publish it and it will be granted to you. Grateful Thanks. T.P.P.

Energy Medicine Contined from Page 16 Energy Medicine is the approach to health care which works on this level. It works with these flows to support health in your body on all levels. The degree to which a practitioner can impact these flows as well as educate you to your own process depends, however, on how well he or she is trained, the depth of their knowledge of the energy flows, their intent, and their ability to see, sense, or intuit what most needs to be done during any particular session. An Energy Medicine Practitioner assesses the energy flow within and around a person's physical body to determine where there are any blocks, deficiencies, excesses or stagnations in their energy field. Based on this assessment, a practitioner uses specific techniques to realign and balance the energy field to help restore health and well-being on the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual levels. Depending upon their training they will work with any of the particular flows listed above. Usually practitioners are trained in only one of the approaches listed above. However some have trained in one, two, three, or more approaches to the energy field. As stated above, some work with the general energy flows alone, trusting that you will innately know specifically where it needs to be balanced. Others work very specifically following the flows to see the extent to which there is imbalance and will work throughout the level of the system they are trained in, following as your body leads them. Others, such as those trained in the W.I.S.E. Method™ are trained to work with all levels of energy flow, the biofield, the meridians, and he chakras, and to support you in understanding what is happening for you during those times of onset of a disease or disorder or at the times in which there is an exacerbation, or worsening, of the symptoms. We each have our own vulnerabilities, whether physical, emotional, or spiritual, and we each have our own patterns of illness, chronic and acute. Understanding how your body responds to stress, allows you to see the patterns you have developed over the years, based on how you hold your energy, how it flows within your body, and how you react or respond to the events of your life. That understanding has an amazing ability to support you in taking your life back and in seeing that your life and your health is far more under your control than you realize. Learning to listen to your body, to be aware of your energy, supports you in going to be tired rather than exhausted. That level of awareness, allows you to notice immediately when something doesn't feel well. Developing the tools, the life skills, necessary to support your own health, gives you a far greater chance of dealing with issues when they are beginning rather than when you are too weak, frightened, or vulnerable to do so. A comprehensive approach to energy medicine can heal as well as educate. As a form of wholistic health, it deals with the whole person, intellectually, physically, emotionally and spiritually. Also, as a form of wholistic health, and a wholistic approach to health, it is an aspect of integrative health working in partnership, rather than competition, with main stream medicine, helping to provide a full approach to health care and education for patients as well as medical practitioners, whatever their training. Finally, amazingly, this form of healing is a skill we all possess naturally, as embodied souls. Don't you instinctively, energetically, want to help someone who looks stressed or overwhelmed? Don't you want to offer tea or a drink to someone who is distraught? If someone is hurt, don't you instinctively want to touch the wound and sooth it? Isn't it natural, to wish you could take the pain from someone you love? For some, they have followed that urge, that instinct and taken it to the next level through energy medicine. They have spent a period of time, varying from one day to four years or more in which they have studied to truly understand this work and to have the ability to work in-depth in the healing as well as the education of a client/patient. They recognize the importance of energy medicine in supporting or recreating a natural free-flowing energy pattern within a client/patient's body that best supports them living their life, fully alive, passionately and vibrantly. It supports living rather than surviving. At its best, it deals with the deepest and most natural connection to the self, making it possible for you to be all that you are called to be. Dorothy A. Martin-Neville, Ph.D., LMFT, LPC, EMP is the founder and CEO of The Institute of Healing Arts and Sciences, Inc. and the creator of The W.I.S.E Method™. She is a Clinical Instructor at The University of Connecticut Medical School. Dr. Martin-Neville has been Co-Chair of the Advisory Board of an NIH funded multi-million dollar Frontier Medicine Grant and has received NIH grant funding to research the W.I.S.E. Method™ with Fibromyalgia patients.

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The MidState Medical Center Auxiliary is sponsoring a bus trip to Mohegan Sun on Friday, June 6, 2008 from 5pm - midnight. The cost is only $30.00 per person!! The bus will leave at 5:00p.m. sharp from the commuter parking lot located directly across from the 691 exit ramp at the entrance to MidState Medical Center and will arrive at the casino at 6p.m. The bus is scheduled leave the casino at 11:00p.m. to arrive back at the commuter parking lot at midnight. This is your time to relax, have fun, and try your luck! Invite family and friends to join in on the fun. The price of the ticket includes: transportation, $10.00 wheel spin, and a full Mohegan Sun Buffet or $10.00 coupon for other casino restaurants. For reservations, contact Dot Mut at 203-694-8275 or via e-mail or Barbara Allen at 860-349-9468 or via e-mail Register early to avoid cancellation! Once you choose hope, anything's possible. ~Christopher Reeve

A Circle of Anniversaries

Congratulations goes out to : 65 years Married Joseph and Carmel (Papandrea) Tkacz Sr. 65 years of marriage, They were married June 26th, 1943 at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Meriden Ct. They have a son, Joseph Tkacz Jr. and his wife Barbara, And a daughter, Debra Tkacz Belancik and her husband Benjamin Four grandchildren, Joseph Tkacz III, Brian Tkacz, Tiffany Belancik, Benjamin Belancik jr. and a Great grand child Josselyn Tkacz Complete the family circle. 40 years Married: Joseph and Barbara (LeHerrisier) Tkacz Jr. They were married June 29th, 1968 at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Meriden Ct. They have 2 sons, Joseph Tkacz III and his wife Patricia and a grand daughter Josselyn and Brian Tkacz, complete this family circle. 36 years Married, Benjamin and Debra (Tkacz ) Belancik 36 years married, They were married on July 1st, 1972 at Our Lady of Mount Carmel church in Meriden Ct. They have two children, Tiffany Belancik and Benjamin jr.

It's Spring Fever!

Submitted by Gina Maurizio "It's spring fever. That is what the name of it is. And when you've got it, you want - oh, you don't quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so! ~Mark Twain. Spring is here! The trees have turned green, flowers bloom and the birds are tweeting. Everything appears brighter. The scent of a freshly mowed lawn lays thick in the air. It just offers a reason to take a deep breathe in. On long wearisome days it feels fine to know the heavy winter coat is away in the closet. The weighty garment is one less burden on our shoulders. A new season presents itself, only to eventually change again. One great component of life is change. That's a reality. The details of life go good to bad and sometimes from bad to horrific .Then it's fine again. Even if we didn't ever move a muscle once more, life would alter. The next season would arrive. The next day would come as we choose to be active participants. Often pushing the body to its limits and collapsing late into the night. Changing what we could. Enjoying what we could.After all, there is so much life to be lived in a mere 24 hours a day. Who wants to miss a minute of it? It is too good to miss. Till the next season...

"I'll Lend You A Child" by Edgar Allen Poe "I'll lend you for a time, a child of Mine" (He said). For you to love the while he lives, And mourn for when he's dead. It may be one or two years, or twenty- two or three.

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GLOP - 1 pound hamburger 1 bag frozen peas (or one can of peas, but the consistency of the frozen ones is preferable) 1 can Golden Mushroom soup Crumble and brown the hamburger. Stir in the peas and soup just until warmed through -- frozen peas will still be a bit crunchy. The first night, you ladle it over dinner rolls. The second day, you make shepherd's pie. It's a quickie that's good (and sorta healthy). Happy Fathers Day Happy Father's Day, Daddy!! Love, Kevin Leo

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TRAILS DAY 2008 The Wallingford Land Trust is participating in National Trail Day Event on Saturday June 7th at Orchard Glen/Spruce Glen Properties 9:00 to 2:00 off of Barnes Park North off of Route 68. It’s moderately strenuous, hilly, with stream crossings and uneven terrain. This woodland walk will visit two adjoining land trust properties with wildflowers, birds, streams and a waterfall on a well-marked trail. Land Trust members will act as guides. If interested please contact WLT President David Ellis at 269-9779. For more information on the Land Trust, please check out the website at Photo by Linda Wooster: red dogwood

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In a previous article I demonstrated a lifelong interest in things that fly, and how I converted that interest into flying model helicopters and aircraft via radio control, and I joked that if I experienced a crash I could do it from a distance….all joking aside, the radio control experience was for me a very satisfying involvement in aviation…. But I wanted to experience the joy of flying lessons and licensing and then building and piloting my own full-size aircraft… I did not undertake this lightly, and did a lot of research first as to the requirements involved… A prospective pilot must be in good health and undergo an initial medical exam and a medical exam every 2 years thereafter by a doctor licensed by the FAA to perform these tests… a typical exam takes about 2 hours and costs $120 or so… eyes ,ears, heart and good general health are stressed. Flying lessons to get a private pilot's license include 16 weeks of ground school and an FAAadministered test, of which you need a minimum grade of 70, but I studied hard and got a 98…you will get dual instruction in a trainer aircraft with an FAA-certified flight instructor for at least 20 hours and then solo flight until you are deemed ready to get a flight test with an FAA-certified check ride examiner. I chose Meriden Aviation Services for my instruction…. Private pilots are re-examined every 2 years thereafter to sharpen their skills qnd demonstrate their Continuing adherence to FAA regulations and flying abilities. It is also necessary to completely inspect the aircraft every year to insure the overall health of the aircraft.. this usually take about 20 hours to complete I spent a total of 60 hours and about $6000 to get certified as a private pilot.. I then rented aircraft Both in Meriden and Middlebury, Vermont sight-seeing and carrying passengers ranging from my 88 year old Mom to my 8 year old grandson and have over 450 hours of flying under my belt. I started building my own aircraft in the fall of 1995 from a kit and plans from a well-established supplier with a history of quality and 5000 flying planes. I finished in the fall of 2003. I could have Finished sooner but I have a lot of other things to do and a family life.. An airplane that you build yourself is classified as EXPERIMENTAL, but by no means does the FAA allow you to build an unsafe plane and start whizzing around the sky. My airplane had 6 separate inspections during the Course of building, and was given an airworthiness-certificate after a rigorous inspection by an FAA Designated airworthiness inspector… My tech counselor flew the aircraft 3 times to determine its flight characteristics. I was given flight instruction by an owner of an aircraft of the same type as mine and after being deemed ready by my counselor, I flew the airplane November 1, 2003, and it was one of the most gratifying experiences of my life. A typical flight starts with pulling the airplane out of the hangar and giving it a overall look. Then a very specific look at all systems to the dictates of a checklist…this would include gas, oil Control surfaces, radios, gages etc…. the engine is then started and gages checked and the engine is Run up to check if power is up to par. I will taxi to the runway in use due to wind direction,so as to take off into the wind and make a radio call to announce my intentions and pull out onto the runway….. I push the throttle in and 190 horsepower pulls the plane forward and pushes me back hard into the seat. I keep the plane centered on the runway, and at 40 mph I push the control stick forward and lift the tail, then at 80mph move the stick back slightly and the plane roars off the runway and climbs at 2500 feet per minute… while aloft I am kept busy monitoring fuel, looking for a place to put down should the engine quit, looking out for other aircraft and respecting the various classes of airspace that the FAA has put in place, and also enjoying the view… all the while navigating to my final destination. After completing the flight, I enter the airport traffic pattern and approach the runway with the power low and gradually the plane settles on the runway and we stop. A favorite trip for me is to the small state airport in Middlebury Vt where my wife Kathy And I have a house on Lake Dunmore.. 55 minutes by air, 4 hours by car….. This gives a brief and non-detailed view of what the sport of flying is about.. getting aloft, staying aloft and returning safely while enjoying the ride. If all of the above seems a lot of work, well, it is, but worth it in my opinion. Thanx to Andy Reynolds and his "vox populi" newspaper for the forum….the attached Picture is Lake Pocatapaug in East Hampton, Conn at 1500 feet above the ground Dave Pepe Meriden Ct

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Submitted by George Arndt The woman often credited with starting Father's Day is Sonora Smart Dodd of Spokane, Wash. In 1909, she sought a special day to honor her father, who became a single parent when his wife died giving birth to their sixth child. I came across that paragraph in my search for my family roots. My great grandmother, Mary had written it in her family Bible. Her father, Levi Hicks (my great great grandfather) came to Pennsylvania, with his wife Sarah. This adventurous couple came from Württemberg, Germany in 1876, and settled in the lumber-rich county of Cameron. He and his wife must have been a rough-hewn team. I guess when Levi wasn't felling trees, he and Sarah would spend some special times together. Over the years they were blessed with twelve children. Mary was thirteen years old when the sad news of the death of her father came knocking at their door. Mary's three older brothers had left the family, and had gone out into the world seeking gainful employment. Sarah relied heavily on Mary's help to keep the rest of the family together. Mary loved her father deeply, and missed him terribly. I found this short poem she had written, and had placed it between the pages of her Bible. Daddy, I loved you so; Why did you have to go? The fun times we shared together, I'll cling to so dearly, forever. In Germany there is no such thing as Father's Day as celebrated throughout the western world. There are two terms and/or events of an older origin that while similar in name, have entirely different meanings. Manner tag, is always celebrated on Ascension Day (the Thursday forty days after Easter), which is a federal holiday. Regionally, it is also called men's day, Manner tag, or gentlemen's day, Herrentag. It is tradition to do a males-only hiking tour with one or more smaller wagons, Bollerwagen, pulled by manpower. In the wagons are wine or beer (according to region) and traditional regional food, Hausmannskost, which could be Saumagen, Liverwurst, Blutwurst (Blood Sausage), vegetables, eggs, etc.

Wallingford Senior Center News and Events ART OF HEALING WORKSHOP featuring DR. BERNIE SIEGEL "HOW TO RECREATE YOUR LIFE" Monday, June 16, 6:30-9:00 p.m. Dr. Bernie Siegel, one of the world's foremost physicians, authors, motivational speakers and advocates for individuals facing the challenges of chronic illnesses, will speak at our center on June 16. Inspirational and down-to-earth, Dr. Siegel's presentation "How to Recreate Your Life", is full of compassion, caring and humor. His message of hope and love is extended to all who seek a whole-person approach for living life fully each day. This event is open to the public and tickets are $15.00 per person. The first 100 members who present their senior center ID can purchase a discounted ticket for $10.00 In addition to Dr. Siegel's presentation, our Art of Healing Workshop will feature several booths offering information on holistic and naturopathic medicine and alternative therapies such as Reiki, Reflexology, Acupuncture, Massage, and Chiropractics. Also, books by Bernie Siegel, MD will be available for purchase. WEDNESDAY WORKSHOPS LIFE IS SHORT: WEAR YOUR PARTY PANTS! A Fun-filled Presentation About How NOT To Take Life Too Seriously! Wednesday, June 11, 10:00 a.m. Once again, we join Loretta LaRoche as she shows us that life is not something to be endured, but something to be enjoyed. She helps us to see the joy and passion in our lives with a blend of old-world common sense and contemporary research in mind-body studies. Come and enjoy the humor of her talk and a meaningful discussion afterward facilitated by Edwina Ranganathan, Rushford Center. Please sign up to attend by calling 265-7753. UNDERSTANDING AND MANAGING HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE on Wednesday, June 25, 10:00 a.m. CVS Pharmacy and the National Council on Aging have teamed together to provide free health education programs at senior centers across the nation. Join us June 25 for a presentation on understanding and managing high blood pressure. Please sign up to attend by calling 265-7753. "PACK YOUR BAG": FREE MEDICATION CONSULTATION on Wednesday, June 25, 10:15 - 12:00 Here is your opportunity to spend one-on-one time with a pharmacist to review your prescription and non-prescription medications. Sign up by June 20 to: ask questions about your medications; receive tips and tools for medication compliance; determine if there are any potential interactions between your prescriptions; and identify duplicate or out-dated prescriptions or over-the-counter medications. We have special bags for you to use to bring in your medications in their original containers. Pick up one when you register for your 15-minute appointment with a pharmacist. PEANUT SALE VOLUNTEERS NEEDED The Kiwanis Club needs our help with its Annual Peanut Sale on Friday, June 13, at Stop and Shop in Wallingford. Four volunteers are needed for each three-hour shift 8:00-11:00 a.m. 11:00-2:00 p.m. 2:00-5:00 p.m.5:00-8:00 sell bags of peanuts. Two volunteers will be stationed at each entrance. Please sign up if you are able to work a shift. This volunteer opportunity benefits the community and the Senior Center, too. The Kiwanis Club donates funds to the Senior Center in appreciation of our support of their Peanut Sale. SOCIAL SERVICES NEIGHBORS HELPING NEIGHBORS INTERFAITH VOLUNTEER CARE GIVER TRAINING Thursday, June 19, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. YOU Are Invited Share time with a neighbor for a friendly visit, phone call or help grocery shopping. Reach out and say you care. Call 265-7753 to sign up for training. Could You Use an Extra $96.40 Every Month? MEDICARE SAVINGS PROGRAMS COULD BE THE ANSWER A single monthly income limit of $1,411.45 or $2,057.45 for a married couple on Medicare Part A could qualify for this state benefit. Call Marie Cunha, Social Worker at 265-7753 to apply. ELDER LAW ATTORNEY APPOINTMENTS Appointments are available the afternoon of Thursday, June 12, to get free legal advice from Attorney Daniel Tully. Call 265-7753 today to reserve your appointment. LOW VISION SUPPORT GROUP Friday, June 20 - 10:15 a.m. WHAT'S NEW IN LOW VISION PRODUCTS? Get answers. Get to know other people meeting a vision impairment challenge. Join us for coffee and refreshments. Everyone welcome always. Phone us at 265-7753 so we know you want be part of our friendly group. Struggling to Pay Monthly Bills? BENEFITS SCREENING Tuesday, June 17, 10 a.m. - Noon RSVP of South Central CT will offer free benefits screenings to individuals, age 60 and older, to determine if you are receiving all the benefits to which you are entitled. Benefits QuickLINK is private, free, and confidential! Documentation is not required. Please bring the following information with you to the screening: Monthly income (social security, pension, dividends and interest.) Monthly expenses (heating, fuel, gas, electricity, water, telephone, rent or mortgage payments and medical expenses not covered by health insurance.) Asset information (savings, estimated value of home and car, life insurance benefits.) List of all current prescriptions Pre-registration is required for Benefits Screening. Please call 265-7753. IRS STIMULUS PAYMENT Don't normally file an income tax return? People who don't normally file income tax, and receive Social Security, railroad-retirement benefits, or veteran's disability compensation are eligible to receive the stimulus payment. What could you get? A payment of $300 ($600 for married couples.) Come to the senior center and pick up Form 1040A, or download a form and get answers to rebate questions at: ELDERLY & DISABLED - RENTER'S REBATE PROGRAMS Starting May 15 through September 15, this program provides a partial refund of rent and/or utility bills (excluding telephone bills) for people 65 years of age or over, or have proof of Total Disability. Annual Income (including Social Security) cannot exceed: Single $29,800/Married Couples $36, 500. Please direct questions to the Assessor's Office at 294-2001. SUPPORT GROUP MEETINGS DIABETES SUPPORT Wednesday, June 11, 1:00 p.m. LOW VISION SUPPORT Friday, June 20, 10:15 a.m. PARKINSON'S DISEASE SUPPORT Friday, June 27, 10:15 a.m.

Summer Pops

The Wallingford Symphony Orchestra's outdoor Summer Pops concert, A Celebration of the Modern Olympic Games, will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Connecticut composer Leroy Anderson, as conducted by his son, Kurt Anderson. Madison Green. Event is free and open to the public. July 6, 2008 Dusk (about 8 p.m.) The Wallingford Symphony Orchestra's outdoor Summer Pops concert, A Celebration of the Modern Olympic Games, will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Connecticut composer Leroy Anderson, as conducted by his son, Kurt Anderson. Outside the Paul Mellon Arts Center at Choate Rosemary Hall, Christian Street. Event is free and open to the public.

Wallingford Garden Clubs Flower Show Please Keep June 14th open to attend Wallingford Garden Clubs Flower Show. This club is a member of the Federated Garden clubs of CT. & The National Garden Club Inc To be held from 1-5pm at the Wallingford Senior Center 238 Washington St in Wallingford. The show will exhibit flower design, horticulture all done by your local Garden club. This event is free & open to the public. What a wonderful way to spend an afternoon.

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Three Meadows Opening Ceremony The Wallingford Land Trust is sponsoring an Opening Ceremony on Sunday, June 8th at the Three Meadows Property off Bridle Lane/Woodhouse Ave at 1:00. It is an open meadow with new trails and a sitting area developed by Eagle Scout Layne Manginelli of Troop 4. The area is perfect for birding. Mary Heffernon is steward for this property. If interested please contact WLT President David Ellis at 269-9779. For more information on the Land Trust, please check out the website at

9th annual Charity Golf Tournament Our Lady of Fatima Men's Club will hold its 9th annual Charity Golf Tournament on Monday June 23rd at the Traditions Golf Club in Wallingford. The Tournament has a scramble format with a shotgun start at 12 noon. The $135.00 entry fee includes golf, cart, gift package, lunch, refreshments on course, and a coctail hour and buffet dinner following golf. A raffle will also be held. The Tournament helps support the many Men`s Club activities in the Parish and Community, and also funds two scholarship awards to High School students each year. For entry forms and information please call Dave Delaney at 265-4052. Single players are welcome and will be paired with other golfers. The road that is built in hope is more pleasant to the traveler than the road built in despair, even though they both lead to the same destination. ~Marian Zimmer Bradley When the world says, "Give up," Hope whispers, "Try it one more time."~Author Unknown

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10th Annual Tour de Cure Cycling Event to be held June 8th

What: 10th Annual Tour de Cure Cycling Event - for riders of all levels. Where: Gateway Community College - North Haven Campus. When: Sunday, June 8th, 2008. Why: All proceeds benefit the mission of the American Diabetes Association: to prevent and cure diabetes, and improve the lives of ALL people affected by diabetes. Details: This year's Tour features manageable courses for every participant. The scenic and well supported routes feature quaint country roads, with majestic views of Central Connecticut, including historic sites, rolling hills, and picturesque vineyards. Routes include: 100 Mile Century ride, 100k Metric Century, 50k (Avid cyclists), 25k (Casual cyclists), 10k (Family friendly) Rest stops are located every 12-15 miles, celebrating different themes, and plenty of nourishment. For more information contact Jim MacFarlane, Tour Manager at 203-639-0385 X 3535 or

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Study Shows Children's Web Sites May Be Entertaining, But May Also Make Kids Cry; Most Popular Sites Commercialized; Some 'Sell' Kids' Creations Back to Them Publishers of many major children's Web sites should do a better job disclosing sales and advertising information to parents, especially as more kids at younger ages go online to play and meet friends, says a study released today by Consumer Reports WebWatch and the Mediatech Foundation of Flemington, N.J. For the study, parents in 10 families used video cameras to keep journals, providing insights into the way children use sites such as Club Penguin, Webkinz, Nick Jr., and others. Footage from those journals, which can be viewed at, illustrates how young children respond to advertising and marketing tactics online. The study, "Like Taking Candy from a Baby: How Young Children Interact with Online Environments," used ethnographic methods and focused on young children, ages 2? to 8. It can be found in its entirety online at: Some key findings: - Children as young as 2 1/2 years of age are able to go online. - The most popular young children's sites are moderately to heavily commercialized. When rated by our test parents on a scale from 1 (not commercialized) to 5 (extremely commercialized), the 21 sites considered in this study scored a mean rating of 3.47. - Web sites frequently tantalize children, presenting enticing options and even threats that their online creations will become inaccessible unless a purchase is made. Some sites show attractive options that invite a click, but lead to a registration form instead. Some sell a child's prior experience - a room they've built for a virtual pet, for instance - back to them, using statements such as, "If you cancel your membership, then your belongings will go into storage and will be automatically retrieved when you re-subscribe." - Most sites we observed promote the idea of consumerism. The most common technique uses a reward-for-work basis, awarding "points, coins or dollars" for success and achievement that can then be used to "buy" items such as clothing, makeup, big-screen TVs or other accessories for virtual pets or avatars. - The games we observed vary widely in quality, in educational value, and in their developmental match with children's abilities. Such mismatches often result in frequent cries for help. "There's no doubt young children love to go online, and we observed examples of wholesome, good quality, Webdelivered content," said Warren Buckleitner, the study's author. "But after watching ten hours of typical online play, we were shocked at the extent of manipulative behavior. This study shows that no one - neither parents nor publishers really knows what is going on when children start up a browser. Ideally, the sites kids encounter should be designed by people with degrees in child development instead of MBAs." "There's nothing more painful than watching a young child cry," Buckleitner said. "But unfortunately, that's the end result for too many children who are spending time with 'state-of the-art' children's online content." The study makes these and other recommendations for parents: - Keep an eye on the screen. Set up the home computer in a central location so you can see what your child is doing. Lend a hand or suggest an activity that matches your child's interests or abilities and pay attention to the directions his or her activities take. - Be suspicious of "free" offers. As in the real world, free lunches are rare, and this is a concept children can't understand. Don't expect young children (and many adults) to understand the well-worn caution: "If something looks too good to be true, it probably is." - Read before you click. Before you or your children click on the "I agree" button, scour terms-of-use agreements and privacy policies to make sure you aren't agreeing to share information you don't want known. At worst, publishers make such disclosures inconvenient to read and awkward, so you are tempted to click an agreement and move on. Those emotions can be amplified when you have an anxious toddler pressing you. Also, don't download software before verifying it won't alter your computer's settings. "We believe parents need a more complete picture of the Web sites where their young children are spending an increasing amount of time," said Beau Brendler, director of Consumer Reports WebWatch. "One test family spent $1,316 in a year on stuffed animals on a single site. Some sites play for profit on a child's emotions to the degree we saw begging, tantrums and even tears in the videos."

Senior Citizens Can Be Kids Again During Second Annual Picnic While it's impossible to turn back time, there's a bit of our childhoods left in all of us. The region's senior citizens will have the opportunity to be kids again when Quassy Amusement Park hosts the Second Annual Senior Picnic on Wednesday, June 25. Celebrating its centennial this year (1908-2008), Quassy has lined up a day of food, entertainment and fun for golden-agers in attendance. The ticketed event ($25) will feature a lunch of baked scrod, chicken Francais, baked potato, salad, vegetables and beverages. Performing noon to 2 p.m. will be "Island Rhythm" with John Baker in the Fieldside Pavilion at the park. Other afternoon activities will include a lake cruise on the Quassy Queen, horseshoes, bocce, grand carousel and other amusement rides - all included in the senior picnic day price. Advance reservations are required by calling 203-758-2913 ext. 107. Quassy Amusement Park features a variety of rides and attractions for all ages, a beach, redemption arcade, restaurant, games and "Saturation Station," an interactive family water play area. For more information visit or call 1-800-FOR-PARK. A perfect summer day is when the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, the birds are singing, and the lawn mower is broken. ~James Dent If a June night could talk, it would probably boast it invented romance. ~Bern Williams

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Vacation In Florida With Tanya

by Sil Patterson The climate in Florida can be bearable in March; sometimes the temperature drops and one reaches for a sweater, sometimes the breeze near the ocean makes you tremble and the sweater is hugged close. Tanya, my granddaughter, welcomed us both, her mother, Cathy, and myself as we exited the monorail and walked toward the baggage center at Orlando Airport on March 12th, 2008, all three of us happy to be together again. Cathy and Tanya often gabbed on the phone from Connecticut to Florida; there never were times of silence between them, so it was natural and comforting to see this in person and to have each of them turn to me for my input. "I told you, Mom, about Tanya's apartment. I fell in love with it when I first saw it the day after Christmas," Cathy said. The architect who planned these apartments was very gifted and created a feeling of space with the high ceilings and patios off the first floor and porches off the second floor when it could be arranged. Tanya is fortunate in having a balcony." Tanya liked what she heard from her mother as she drove toward her home in Altamonte Springs. "What's really good about it is its proximity to Seminole Community College where I work," she said. "I can walk there--but I'd rather take the car--that way my lunch hour is longer and I come home at noon to walk Jubilee." The one hour drive to her apartment went fast with all the chatting and sight-seeing on the way. "Everyone in the complex seems to get along well; the gate locks automatically at night on thousands of tenants. I could never find a place like this in Connecticut, especially at such an affordable rent of $760/month," Cathy added. Altamonte Springs is a relatively small city in central Florida (nothing seems small in Florida, but compared to Orlando, this town is!) "What does Altamonte stand for?" I asked. Much later all we could find on the computer was that seven winter springs were present here, its population was mostly Spanish and it was first occupied by the Seminole American Indians. "Are you happy in youor new job as student specialist, Tanya?" I asked. I knew she helped new students with registration, applying for financial aid and in many other ways in easing the transition from high school or the work place to college. "Everything is new to me and the college is new so I find it a challenge, especially at the times of registration. I considered going on for my doctorate but I owe so much money on student loans it wouldn't be practical right now," she answered. Tanya received her Master's degree in Educational Leadership from The University Of Central Florida in June of 2007, another happy time in her life that Cathy and I witnessed, along with her Dad, Ron and his new wife, Sally, and her deceased husband's family, Joe, Lenore and Fran. Jubilee ran around in circles and jumped for joy when she met Tanya at the door. "Quick, close the door!" Tanya exclaimed, "She can't run free as there are other dogs around here and Jubilee doesn't get along with them." Our attention centered on Tanya's companion: a friendly excited dog who chased from room to room carrying the bone Tanya threw to her. The lilt of Tanya's voice heightened as her eyes expressed the love she felt for this animal. Howard, her husband, knew he would not be around to share Tanya's life as his cancer progressed so it was an easy decision to bring Jubilee home from the Animal Shelter. Now, two years later, Jubilee still acted like a puppy but also as Tanya's guard and protector. The dog was slim and beautiful without a sign of malady, short haired tan and white with extra hair circling her neck, a face similar to a colly's, and short ears that peaked when events changed around her. Tanya and Jubilee both were quick with decisions --before Cathy and I moved our suitcases to a less noticeable spot in Tanya's cathedral height living room, this 24 year old slim, assured daughter / granddaughter and this two+ year old canine left for their walk. Again Cathy and I agreed on a fact of life--the hominess of this apartment. I gathered my book and papers together and moved out on a small balcony with trees and shrubbery and varied greenery hiding the parked cars below. The sunlight illuminated a spider's web drooping off the branch of the tree close to the balcony railing. Part of the web shone in the dew, a star sewn in large running stitch--a small miracle. It made me remember reading and recently watching the movie, "Charlotte's Web": it also made me thankful over Tanya's and her mother's unceasing pleasure in reading. My thoughts were dreamy, sliding into each other. The bark of the dog and Tanya's brisk step on the stairway brought me back to the Florida setting. Jubilee joined me pressing her nose against the railing. We were hidden from the neighbors walking to and fro until Jubilee howled at two beagle hounds with their master. The next morning Tanya walked Jubilee twice before she left her alone as we three left for St. Augustine, a two hour trip up the main coast of Florida. St. Augustine is the oldest city in the United States, founded in 1565 by Don Pedro Menedez of Spain. On this excursion Tanya revealed more of her strength, especially in walking. Cathy and I trailed behind her, sweating profusely; but we made it to our scheduled boatride on the Matanzas River. We were rewarded with first hand views of the lighthouses, the birds, the fort, Anastasia Island and the bridge that connected the island to the river. The bridge of lions was erected in memory of Ponce de Leon who came to St Augustine searching for the fountain of youth in the year, 1513. We observed repair men climbing up and down the sides of the bridge but none of us caught sight of the large Italian marble lions. After our boatride, we wandered up and down narrow streets, loaded with museums, old statues, ancient stones and trees and quaint shops. Outside one shop we saw many photographs of young and old in vintage clothing. Turning to my daughter, I said, "This will be my gift to you for your 50th birthday. You and Tanya are a quarter century apart this year. You deserve to be photographed." Lilly greeted us kindly and while she dressed them in clothing from the 1700s, I sat waiting. It was a slow day in all the stores. A friend of Lilly stopped in with some packages. She surprised me, "Who's being photographed?" she asked. I let her know the significance of the 50th and 25th birthdays, my daughter's and granddaughter's special year. "Well, how old are you?" she asked. "I will be 76 in another week." Abruptly she called to Lilly, "You missed someone, a very important person, the grandmother. They're all about 25 years apart." How glorious: to be included in a birthday photograph with my still pretty daughter and my slim, well postured and attractive granddaughter. Three times Lilly spoke to me, "Sit up straight!" and I did. New England Wild Flower Society's Benefit Party GO WILD! An Evening of Garden Delights & Irresistible Plant Shopping Framingham, Massachusetts Thursday, June 5 Go WILD! at an Evening of Garden Delights and Irresistible Plant Shopping at New England Wild Flower Society's Garden in the Woods, 180 Hemenway Road, to benefit the Society's plant conservation programs. From 5:30-8:30 meet plant experts Patrick Chassé, William Cullina, and Carol Stocker sharing custom plant advice and native plant selections. Tickets $50; Patrons $150; four for $150. Includes silent and live auctions with the chance to bid on rare plants and behind-the scenes Garden experiences. Don't miss the Connoisseur's Table, summer hors d'oeuvres and drink; and live Garden jazz music. RSVP necessary at or 508-877-7630x3208.

North Haven Board of Education Retirees Retirees from the North Haven Board of Education are having the last meeting of the season on Monday, June 16th at the 95 Gathering Restaurant on Route 5 (865 North Colony Street) in Wallingford starting with a 11:45 social and then a buffet at 12:30. The group raised scholarship monies for graduating seniors from North Haven High School whose relatives have or had worked for the North Haven Board of Education. Call in reservations by June 9th to Vi Bornemann, Ann Mahoney or Mary Reardon. Pre registration is essential to secure seating.

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ALL ABOUT APPLES: Alicia Ghio, host of the web show The Natural Princess, talks with Wayne Young, owner of High Hill Orchard in Meriden, as part of an episode all about apples. To learn about this local farm and see what Wayne had to say visit

What you need to know! This floral display by Shirley Lagerstrom of the Wallingford Garden club is just one of many beautiful designs you will find when you come to "Garden Melodies" at the Wallingford Senior center.June 14th from 1-5 pm This standard Flower show is the first presented by the club in many years, it promises to be a rewarding experience for anyone loving flowers.Wallingford Garden club is a Member of the Federated Garden clubs of CT & The National Garden clubs.Also on display will be the many rewards we have received through the year.The center is on 238 Washington St in Wallingford. Free & open to the public Please post The time is drawing near.Thanks Carole Golitko

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A Father's Day Remembrance

By Ruth Miglierina Petrucci My Dad Leo Miglierina passed away 27 years ago on March 7, 1981. He was a quiet man who enjoyed the simple things in life. He was happy with what he had and never wanted for more. He never had a bad thing to say about anyone. He loved the Boston Red Sox and I thought of him last year when they won the World Series; I too love the Red Sox. We enjoyed a game in Fenway Park years ago. He enjoyed either listening to a game on his radio on his back porch or watching it on TV. I inherited my love for animals from him. He grew up in North Haven on State Street where the old homestead is still standing after all these years. He would tell me of the pets he had growing up and how he took care of them. I always had a cat as far back as I can remember. When one of my cats, Pansy, died I remember my Dad and I crying for days at just the mention of her name. Our back yard was a final resting place for many a pet. My dad worked at Wallace Silversmith's in Wallingford from age 16 until he retired. He was in charge of the chrome plating department. I remember when I was a little girl he took me to work one Saturday morning to show me where he worked. I was so impressed and proud of him. He was a hard worker and took pride in everything he did. He was the head usher at The Most Holy Trinity Church for many years until he took sick. Church was his second home. He spent a lot of time there every Saturday and Sunday. And also set up tables and chairs for different functions. Anywhere he was needed he was always available. He took a great pride in his yard and loved a nice lawn. He also liked to putter around the yard weeding and planting when Mom would let him. After that he would sit on the back porch with his dog Donka and listen to the radio or take a nap. Donka was always by his side; he even went for rides with him in the car, and loved vanilla ice cream in a cup. I have so many memories of my Dad that I am grateful for. I miss him and think of him often. I am happy that we did and said so many things together. That is a comfort to me. Anyone who is fortunate to have a parent or parents should take the time to appreciate them. Life is so short; once they are gone you can't say or do the things you might have wished you had.

Improving Stroke Care Across Connecticut MidState Medical Center Achieves Primary Stroke Center Designation The Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH) today announced that MidState Medical Center achieved the department's Primary Stroke Center (PSC) Designation by demonstrating the necessary infrastructure, staffing and services to stabilize and treat most acute stroke patients. "Connecticut is committed to reducing the devastating impact of stroke by designating these centers across the state that meets standards to improve the health outcomes for people who experience a stroke," stated Governor M. Jodi Rell. "Stroke is the third leading cause of death in Connecticut and a major cause of disability," stated DPH Commissioner J. Robert Galvin, M.D., M.P.H., M.B.A. "A concentrated approach to treating stroke victims and working to educate the public about stroke symptoms, is important because treating victims as quickly as possible is essential in preventing damage to brain function" he said. Eleven criteria were assessed by DPH to assure that a PSC has the necessary infrastructure, staffing and services to stabilize and treat most acute stroke patients. The criteria for primary stroke center designation was developed by consensus with Connecticut clinicians and stakeholders invested in improving stroke related illnesses and deaths in the state. "We are extremely proud of this accomplishment. Our certification by the Department of Public Health means that we have a high quality stroke program that is patient-focused, with clear cut guidelines for evaluation and treatment," said Lori Nohilly, RN, MidState Medical Center Director of Inpatient Medicine. All Connecticut licensed acute care hospitals may apply to DPH for primary care stroke center designation status. The program is voluntary and there is no fee to apply. To learn more about Primary Stroke Centers and stroke prevention visit the DPH website at and click "Programs and Services" and then click "Stroke Prevention." The Connecticut Department of Public Health is the state's leader in public health policy and advocacy with a mission to protect and promote the health and safety of the people of our state. To contact the department, please visit its website at or call (860) 509-7270.

Portland Library to host "Twas the Night Before Summer kickoff

-Event to coincide with release of the book on June 20 The Portland Library is pleased to announce its 'Twas the Night Before Summer event on Friday, June 20th. This event is part of a national event to kick off summer and to promote reading all across the country. Over 2,000 libraries and bookstores nationally are celebrating the beginning of summer with this event. This exclusive event will feature a reading of the new children's book 'Twas the Night Before Summer, children making Luna moth wings, coloring pages, free stickers and other fun activities for children. 'Twas the Night Before Summer, which features a "Glow-in-the-Dark" cover is awonderful tale of Luna Bee May, a Luna moth with a warm, southern charm who helps two young children re-discover the magic of summer. It is written by award winning children's author Anne Margaret Lewis and illustrated by Wendy Popko, whose artwork is labeled as 'Creative Freestyling Monet.' "This is going to be a fabulous event," says Stephanie Stokes, creator of "It will be a great opportunity for book sellers as well as public and school libraries to launch a summer of reading for all ages." For more information regarding this event please contact Lauren Coleman at the Portland Library at (860) 342-6770 or Aaron Vince at the Mackinac Island Press at (231) 946-7737 or you may visit to view the book in its entirety.

Upcoming Events at The Augustis Curtis Cultural Center! Central Connecticut Civic Youth Orchestra ACCC & CCCYO Sunday, June 08, 2008 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm The first hour will be an open house for potential members to see what CCCYO is all about and the second hour will be a concert by the current student musicians. Come enjoy an afternoon with our Youth Orchestra....$5.00 admission. If young musicians try out for orchestra the $5.00 admission fee is returned. For more information go to or call Katrina at 203-235-7445. Admission Fee $5.00 Strawberry Shortcake Sale At the Augusta........Friday, June 27, 2008 11:00am to 6:00pm Save the date for a refreshing shortcake $5.00 per ...Details to follow! - Order in advance, fax in, or curbside service. "A Perfect Ten" At the Augusta........Sunday, June 29, 2008 2:00pm to 3:30pm 2Quintets performing: The Westfield Winds and The Murray Brass Quintet. - An afternoon of Quintet Chamber Music featuring our own Dr. Daniel Schwartz of Midstate Medical Center.


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Medical Transportation for Meriden Seniors

The City of Meriden Advisory Board on Aging is currently publicizing transportation resources for Meriden senior citizens who are going to medical appointments. Information is being sent to medical offices, churches and other common community organizations. The Board has identified the following medical transportation options for Meriden seniors. You may wish to clip this article to keep for future reference. Please call the number(s) listed for the service you desire. 1. Meriden Senior Citizens Center (237-3338). Transportation for Meriden residents aged 55 and over to medical appointments in Meriden. 24-hour advance notice required. Funded by the City of Meriden, the Agency on Aging of South Central CT and the CT Dept. of Transportation. No fee for the service, contributions accepted. 2. American Red Cross, Wallingford/Meriden branch (265-6721). Transportation to out-of-town (outside Meriden) medical appointments. One week advance notice requested. Partially funded by grants from the Agency on Aging of South Central CT and United Way of Meriden and Wallingford. No fee, contributions accepted. 3. Northeast Transportation Co. (ADA Paratransit Program) (1-800-441-8901). Transportation to medical appointments in Meriden and Wallingford. Riders must complete an application to verify that a disability makes it difficult to use the fixed bus route. Fee charged. 4. American Cancer Society (1-800-227-2345). Volunteer drivers provide transportation for cancer patients to medical appointments. Three business days advance notice is requested. 5. Meriden Transit District (235-6851). Fixed route local bus service in Meriden with connections to Wallingford, Middletown, New Britain and New Haven. Special fare for senior citizens aged 65 and over with Medicare card or Transit ID card. The Meriden Advisory Board on Aging meets monthly at the Meriden Senior Center, 22 West Main St., Meriden. Please call the Center at 237-0066 for questions about the Board's activities.

EARTH TALK From the Editors of E/The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: What is the status of wetlands in North America? Years ago I remember that wetlands loss, due to development and sprawl, was accelerating fast, but I haven't heard much on the topic of late. -- John Mossbarger, La Jolla, CA Wetlands serve as primary habitat for thousands of wildlife species-from ducks to beavers to insects-and form an important ecosystem link between land and water. They also play a key role in maintaining water quality, as they filter out agricultural nutrients and absorb sediments so that municipal water supplies don't have to. On and near shorelines, wetlands provide a natural buffer against storm surges and rising floodwaters, helping to disperse and absorb excess water before it can damage life and property. The eradication of wetlands in the so-called New World began when white settlers, intent on taming the land, started developing homesteads and town sites throughout what was to become the United States and Canada. Researchers estimate that at the time of European settlement in the early 1600s, the land that was to become the lower 48 U.S. states had 221 million acres of wetlands. By the mid-1980s, following another great period of loss after World War II when army engineers drained huge swaths of formerly impenetrable marshes and swamps, the continental U.S. had only 103 million wetland acres remaining. Across the U.S. and Canada, the vast majority of wetlands-about 85 percent-have been destroyed in the name of agricultural expansion. Other major factors include road building, residential development, and the building of large facilities like shopping malls, factories, airports and, ironically, reservoirs. But growing awareness about the importance of wetlands has led to new regulations aimed at protecting those that remain. A variety of state and federal programs, such as the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Wetland Reserve Program (whereby landowners voluntarily protect, restore and enhance wetlands on their own private property), have been effective in stemming the tide of wetlands loss. During the 1990s the rate of wetlands loss in the U.S. declined by some 80 percent over previous decades. But the nation is still losing upwards of 50,000 wetland acres per year, according to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. The issue is of even greater concern in Canada, which harbors a quarter of the world's remaining wetlands in its northern boreal forests. According to Natural Resources Canada, fully 14 percent of Canada's total land mass is in the form of wetlands. Researchers believe that about 50 million acres of wetlands have been lost in Canada since European settlement. Underscoring the correlation between urbanization and wetlands loss, less than .2 percent of Canada's wetlands lie within 25 miles of major urban centers today. On the global level, 158 governments are signatories to the 1971 Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, an international treaty that provides a framework for international cooperation in the conservation and wise use of wetlands. Some 1,743 wetland sites-totaling almost 400 million acres-have been protected as "Wetlands of International Importance" under the terms of the treaty. Although the Ramsar treaty can do little to stop illegal or legal draining of wetlands, its very existence highlights how seriously the majority of the world's countries take protecting land formerly thought of as God-forsaken and useless.

I question not if thrushes sing, If roses load the air; Beyond my heart I need not reach When all is summer there. ~John Vance Cheney

PRAYER TO The Blessed Virgin: Never known to fail. Oh most beautiful power of Mt. Carmel, Fruitful Vine, Splendor of Heaven, Blessed Mother of the Son of God, Immaculate Virgin, assist me in my necessity. Oh Star of the Sea, help me and show me that you are my mother. Oh Holy Mary, Mother of God, Queen of Heaven and earth, I humbly seek you from the bottom of my heart to secure me in my necessity. (Make your request). There are none that can withstand your pwer. Oh Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee (3 times). Holy Mary, I place this prayer in your hands (3 times). Say this prayer for three consecutive days and then you must publish it and it will be granted to you. Grateful Thanks. E.N.M.

In June, as many as a dozen species may burst their buds on a single day. No man can heed all of these anniversaries; no man can ignore all of them. ~Aldo Leopold Happy Fathers Day Happy Father's Day Grandpa Joe and Pop Pop Ed Love, Dylan

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By Bobby Vosgien Supposedly this is spring? The furnace still goes on eating up the oil that was meant for next winter. When I walk Litl'Bit early in the morning or later in the evening back to the heavy jacket. What happened to our four seasons? The last few years spring has all but disappeared. The only annuals I've purchased so far two six packs of salvia. Wouldn't dare to attempt to plant any annuals yet. They may not freeze but because of the cool weather, their growth could be hindered. Let them stay in the greenhouses where they'll be warm and comfy cozy. Once the weather is given the okay I shall attack. My fingernails have been too clean lately. Am looking forward to getting them dirty once again. The rhododendrons are coming into bloom. So beautiful. Wish the rhodos as well as the other bushes and trees had a longer flowering period. Jimmy hasn't gotten any of the veggie plants yet. His garden and large pots are waiting to start to produce those great string beans, cukes and tomatoes. Probably are six or more weeks before I can have my favorite sandwich. Congratulations to our granddaughter Abby who came in 5th in the 5-6 grade state championship spelling bee contest which was held on Saturday, May 10th in Vernon, Connecticut. We are all so proud of her. The three granddaughters and three parents went to Europe to visit our son. Emmy "MeO" has written a story about their wonderful experience. A family snapshot is also included. Until the next issue. By then the annuals and veggies should have taken up residence in the gardens once again. Flowercerely yours, Bobbie G. Vosgien P.S. Love and best wishes to our daughter Jodie and son-in-law John on their 20th anniversary on June 11th.

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Our Trip To Paris By Emily Schmidt, Age 13, 8th grade at Lincoln Middle School Eight in the morning on April 12th, my family all woke. We put the finishing touches on our luggage, ensured that the house was tidy, and finally hopped into a limousine service vehicle. After two hours, we at last arrived in the JFK airport of New York. We passed through security quickly, and were soon on the runway for two hours! When the delay was finally over, we took off for a six-hour flight that would take us to Paris, France. Since long before I was born, my Uncle Keith has lived in an apartment in Paris. We always had talked about visiting, but I had never dreamed I would actually go there, not until I was an adult anyways. But when, at the beginning of seventh grade, my parents flew over without us kids, things looked promising. They were barely home before we were talking about flying the whole family out. We finally did arrive in Paris the morning of the thirteenth. Because of the time difference, we were on the plane at five in the evening and arrived at six in the morning. If you didn't sleep on the plane, there was no chance of sleeping in Paris. My uncle, my mother's brother, had arranged for a taxi to pick us up. He was there on time, and despite his rather reckless driving, we arrived at our hotel promptly. In several minutes, our Uncle arrived. Paris was nothing like I expected. Truth is, I didn't know what to expect. The streets were impossibly narrow, with buildings hundreds of years old towering above us. It was a peculiar set up, with endless winding streets and alleys. The streets were crowded with shops, apartment buildings, and hotels. It was beautiful. We stayed in Paris for three full days. During this time, we visited Notre Dame, the Louvre, and, of course, the Eiffel Tower. The city is immense, but set up so that you can walk or take the metro anywhere you need to get. Other than several taxi rides to and from the airport, these were our only forms of transportation. Well, unless you count the boat trip down> the river running through Paris. And, believe it or not, all that walking wasn't half bad. Then, it was finally time to fly out again. This time, we were only on a plane for an hour or so, bound for Corsica. My uncle owns a condo on this small island off the coast as well. Flying over, you got the most beautiful view of the mountains. When we arrived, a taxi service brought us to my uncle's condo. We settled down very quickly, and then took off on a walk down "snake path," a small dirt footpath. My mother and uncle stepped on a snake on this path during my parents' first visit. And so, its name was born. It was, though, a very convenient path. By taking it, and then several short roads, you could be at the beach in five minutes. The water? Clear turquoise. The sand? Incredibly fine. The view? Indescribable: the Citadel, mountains topped with snow, and most of the island were within view. It was beautiful! Much of that week in Corsica was spent at the beach, eating at restaurants and enjoying the sun. In Corsica, there are restaurants lined all the way down the beach. you can eat ten feet or less from the water. And the food is delicious. Nothing's artificial like it is here. It's all natural, French goodness. It's a small island, not very well developed just yet. The Corsicans do their very best to keep the big chain hotels off the island, and succeed. It's such a beautiful, preserved place. I could have stayed there a year! But, alas, came Thursday. We had to fly back to Paris. Once again in the great city, we spent the rest of our day wandering the streets, shopping, and doing other little things of the sort. We spent that Friday morning there as well. Around one in the afternoon on Friday, we had to leave Paris behind. There was no delay getting off the runway, but the flight was longer. We have to go against the wind to get back, so it was seven and a half hours. I could not sleep for most of that time. When we finally did arrive, though, I got a bad case of motion sickness. I was incredibly miserable, and didn't think I could make it all the way home. But, I ended up sleeping, and before I knew it, I was back under the covers, my cat curled up beside me, in the comfort of my own bed.

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Author Event at Wallingford Public Library Julian Padowicz, author of Mother and Me: Escape from Warsaw 1939 Julian Padowicz, author of the memoir "Mother and Me: Escape from Warsaw 1939," will visit the Wallingford Public Library Thursday evening, June 12 at 7:00 p.m. This free event will feature Mr. Padowicz' first hand account of how the Nazi invasion of Poland directly affected him and his relationship with his mother. The memoir unfolds through the eyes and experiences of Mr. Padowicz as a young boy being raised by his Catholic nanny in a privileged Jewish household. Doing her best to indoctrinate the boy in Catholicism, the nanny manages to convince the young Mr. Padowicz that Jews will never be allowed into heaven and his own salvation is dependent upon him being christened. This perception prevails as the author and his Jewish family must flee Warsaw. The young boy is desperately concerned about his family's salvation while his pampered socialite mother must use her wiles to manage the family's deliverance to safety. This harrowing tale is convincingly told with innocence and humor. Julian Padowicz holds a degree in English Literature from Colgate University. He has been a documentary filmmaker and producer of audio tapes for most of his adult life, and has won a Golden Eagle Award for his educational film, "The People Shop," from the Committee on International Non-Theatrical Events. He lives in Stamford, Connecticut, with his wife, and is working on a sequel to Mother and Me. Books signed by the author will be available for purchase and refreshments will be served. This event will take place in the library's Charlotte Collins Meeting Room. Please call the library's Information Desk at 203-265-6754 to reserve your free seat.

Wallingford Public Library Children's Room Seeks Students for Summer Volunteers Wallingford students who will be entering grades five, six or seven in fall of 2008 are encouraged to fill out an application and volunteer to help the staff with the Wallingford Public Library 2008 Summer Reading Program entitled, Catch a Dragon by the Tale. Volunteers are needed to help younger children and their families participate in the Summer Reading Program which will run from June 30th to August 9th. This is a great opportunity for students who enjoy both the Library and helping others. Application forms are available in the Children's Room as well as online at Applications are due back at the library by June 10th.

Meriden Public Library Children's Library Is Buzzing About Summer! Spend your summer with us. Professional performers programs will be on Monday evenings at 6:00 & Thursday mornings at 10:30. FREE tickets will be available June 2nd in the Children's Library. Some programs are age restricted of have limited seating. The following programs will be presented: June 23rd-Eshu Bumpus-storyteller with stories of African-American and world folktales. For ages 3 & up. June 26-Jenny Tripp-Children's Author. Ages 4 & up. June 30-Bugs Alive! Ages 4 and up. July 3-Dan Bowen-Magic show. Ages 3 and up. July 7-Lion Heart Puppets-Puppet Show. Ages 4 and up. July 10-Wildlife Adventure-Animals include some of the most spectacular reptiles, amphibians and gigantic bugs. Ages 3 and up. July 14-Reptile Program-Ages 4 and up. July 17-Air Borne Jugglers-Ages 4 and up. July 21-Circus Suitcase-All ages. July 24-Les Julian Family Concert-All Ages July 28-Ventriloquist Larry Novia-Ages 4 and up. July 31-Trash to Tunes-All ages We will also be having the following story hours: Mondays at 2:00 PM. for children going into grades 3-5 Tuesdays for 3-4 years old at 11:15 AM., 1:15 PM., and 6:30 PM. Wednesdays at 11:15 AM. and at 6:30 PM. for 2-3 years old with parent or care giver Children going into Kindergarten through second grade at 2:00 PM. For more information call the Children's Library at (203) 630-6347.


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I walk without flinching through the burning cathedral of the summer. My bank of wild grass is majestic and full of music. It is a fire that solitude presses against my lips. ~Violette Leduc, Mad in Pursuit There shall be eternal summer in the grateful heart. ~Celia Thaxter People’s Press Crossword by Ruth Gordon Look for the answers in this issue. ACROSS 1. Depot (abbr.) 4. Polar, Grizzly, Brown; e.g. 7. Preposition used to designate a source or starting point 12. Counterparts of Fathers 13. "April showers bring May ________" 14. A type of shade tree 15. Journey 17. A separate article 18. If you want to place one that will get results‌just call the People's Press !! 19. A large structure for sports events with tiered seating for spectators 20. Any illicit drug (slang) 22. Any opinion, principle, doctrine, etc., esp. one held by a group or movement 23. Opposite of Jr. 25. Operated 26. A fragment of a brittle substance, as of glass or pottery 28. "Rock-A-_____ Baby" 29. "Hoosier" State (abbr.) 30. She is a singer, actress and the Mother of Chastity Bono 31. "___ You Think You Can Dance", dance competition series on FOX TV Network 32. A petty argument 34. "______ now brown cow" 35. A form of music combining rock 'n' roll and bluegrass. 39. Exclamation used to express sudden pain 40. A store of goods or valuables concealed in a hiding place 41. A lyric poem 43. You and I 44. In Buddhism the supreme sacred syllable uttered as a mantra and in blessings 45. Steven Spielberg 1982 movie about an outer space visitor and some Earth children 46. The theater district of a city or town or a market place 48. "Multiple" facial feature 51. Not down 53. An Internet address 54. An inanimate object 55. A high mountain 56. Wallpaper adhesive 58. American golf pro and first time four-time winner of the Masters (initials) 59. A canal in New York between Albany and Buffalo 60. Portable beds 61. Small conversations 63. An account or statement describing in detail an event, meeting, etc.

(abbr.) 64. Roker, Hirt, Jolson; et al 65. Washington, ___ 66. To perform 67. Crude and unrefined; lacking sensibility DOWN 1. To smudge or blur 2. Gave an account or narrative 3. Bank machine (abbr.) 4. Superior; greater; more than 5. A short trip taken to perform a specific task 6. At a short distance; in a separate place 7. Weak; without material strength or solidity 8. Decay 9. Was in debt to 10. A commemoration or monument 11. To rise, climb, or go upward 16. An area sunk below its surroundings 19. A heavenly body 21. Type of ladies undergarment sometimes prized in college "raids" 24. Abiding; living at; lodging 26. Demonstrated 27. To chop; hack; or strike forcibly with an axe 28. A scarf made of feathers or fur 30. Military food 31. Tool used by an artist 33. Begs or appeals 35. Wander around in an aimless manner 36. Disney Land is located in this California County (abbr.) 37. The fastest animal on land, it can run for short distances at about 60 MPH 38. Holes made in solid substances with a rotary cutting instrument 40. Seeks another's love; woos 42. An endearing term for young children 47. Type of spring flowers 49. Expels; evicts; or removes 50. A common informal greeting 52. An American non-profit organization which protects and gives shelter to animals in danger (abbr.) 55. A region; distinct part or section 57. Internet services and media company operated by Time Warner (abbr.) 59. "To ____ is human, to forgive is divine." 61. Broadway star famous for her role as Dolly Gallagher in "Hello Dolly" and as Lorelei in "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes". (initials) 62. Preposition used to express motion or direction

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Hope is that thing with feathers that perches in the soul and sings the tune without the words and never stops... at all. ~Emily Dickinson Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come. ~Anne Lamott Happy Fathers Day Happy Father's Day to the best birdhouse builder in the whole, wide world! Hugs 'n' kisses, V Celebrations of Life & Home Congratulations Emmy on completing your first gymnastics class! Love always and forever, Grandma Celebrations of Life & Home GREAT JOB ANDY ! CONGRADULATIONS AND BEST OF LUCK AT JOHNSON AND WALES UNIVERSITY! LOVE, THE MAURIZIO'S Happy Fathers Day Happy Father's Day! We love you so much, Olivia and Daniel

The Wallingford Garden club Presents "Garden Melodies" Save this very special date June 14th.The stage at the Wallingford Senior Center 238 Washington St. becomes the setting for a small standard Flower Show, brought to you by the club that tends the beautiful gardens around town. This show which has been in the preparation for many months, promises to delight everyone. Floral Design, table design and horticulture are only a part of what goes into the making of this presentation. The public is invited free of charge from 1-5 pm. Plan on spending the afternoon viewing this delightful show. The Wallingford Garden Club is a Member of The Federated Garden Clubs of CT, and The National Garden club INC. Carole Golitko Publicity chair Flower Show 265 5961

Whalon Scholarship Breakfast Saint Joseph School, 159 West Main Street, is honored to announce that the Most Reverend Peter A. Rosazza will be the guest speaker at the annual Whalon Scholarship Breakfast on July 17, 2008. Bishop Rosazza, who is celebrating his Diamond Jubilee as a Bishop, is the Auxiliary Bishop and Vicar General for the Hispanic Apostolate for the Archdiocese of Hartford. Bishop Rosazza is a member of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee for Social Development and World Peace; is bishop advisor to the National Catholic Student Coalition; and is one of the five bishops who drafted the U.S. Catholic Bishops' Pastoral Letter on the U.S. Economy and Catholic Social Teaching. The Marion and Dorothy Whalon Scholarship is awarded annually to graduates of Saint Joseph School, Meriden, who are continuing their education at the undergraduate or graduate level. The scholarship has been awarded since 2002, and 30 SJS alumni have been the recipients of approximately $50,000.Past recipients have attended UConn, Western, Eastern, Southern, Connecticut College, Albertus Magnus, Hartt School, Boston College, Tufts University, Smith College, George Washington Law, among others. Marion and Dorothy Whalon were graduates of Saint Joseph School, and lifelong parishioners of Saint Joseph Parish. The Whalons were annual donors to the Annual Fund of Saint Joseph School, and continued the legacy of their gifts with this bequest of an endowed scholarship in honor of the education they received at Saint Joseph School from the Sisters of Mercy. Saint Joseph School, a kindergarten to grade 8, archdiocesan elementary school located near the center of Meriden, is a community in pursuit of academic excellence through a lived experience in faith. The school received a ten-year re-accreditation in 2006 from the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc.

AN INVITATION TO ARTISANS, CRAFT PEOPLE AND SCULPTORS FOR CELEBRATE WALLINGFORD 2008 Wallingford Center, Inc. is inviting artists to participate in Celebrate Wallingford 2008 which will take place the weekend of October 4th and 5th. The 22nd annual street festival will be located at Fishbein Park and surrounding neighborhood in downtown Wallingford. Celebrate Wallingford 2008 applicants will be juried by a select group of professional artisans to provide the public with the finest and highest quality art and crafts. For information and applications call Wallingford Center, Inc, 203-284-1807 or by email

Get Ready to Golf! The Quinnipiac Chamber of Commerce will present the 24th Annual Tom Groves Golf Classic on Monday, June 30, 2008 at Wallingford Country Club, 195 Long Hill Road in Wallingford. The $199.00 entry fee includes greens fees, cart rental, picnic buffet, hotdog at Eagles Nest, cocktail hour, dinner, and a ticket for the drawing to putt for $10,000! A portion of the proceeds will be put into the Quinnipiac Business Education Foundation scholarship to provide support for area students who plan to pursue a career in business. Please register online at or email or call 269-9891.

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The 8th Annual Martin I. Trueheart Memorial Scholarship Golf Tournament will be held at Hunter Memorial Golf Course, Meriden, Connecticut on Thursday, June 26, 2008. This year the format will be shotgun. The tournament has raised over $20,000 for scholarships in 7 years. All proceeds go into the scholarship fund that was established as a thank you to Marty for 37 years as a teacher in the Wallingford School System and 19 years as President of the Wallingford Education Association. Mr. Trueheart died in 2000. Anyone interested in playing in this year's tournament, which includes a banquet after the tournament is asked to contact John Mullally, 96 Cass Avenue, Wallingford, CT 06492; or for further information and details.

Polly Shulga Noonan Competition The Wallingford Symphony Orchestra will hold its annual Polly Shulga Noonan Competition for Young String Players on Sunday, June 8 at 6p.m. in the Paul Mellon Arts Center in Wallingford. The competition is open to all string players, aged 13 to 18 years, who are residents or students in New Haven County. The first prize winner will receive $500 and the opportunity to perform with theWallingford Symphony during the 2008-2009 Season. Second prize will be $250 and third prize $125.Contestants must perform a concerto movement. The competition was first organized in 2001 and is sponsored by the Polly Shulga Noonan Fund for Music and the Arts. A lifelong musician, Noonan competed regularly in young musician competitions throughout her childhood, and continued her lifelong involvement in music through her participation as a violinist in the Wallingford Symphony Orchestra. "Polly was truly a gifted violinist and a valued member of the WSO," said Phil Ventre, director of the WSO. "This competition is a fitting tribute to her memory." Applications are due June 1 and are available online at For more information call 203-697-2261. The Wallingford Symphony Orchestra is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing professional quality orchestral music to the greater Wallingford area through public performances and community outreach and is supported by the Connecticut Commission on Arts and Tourism.

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Harriett By Anthony Di Pietro Harriett was a young female different from all the others. She had been very choosy when it came to males. She chose the best looking of the pack when the time came to choose a father for her children. She also chose the best neighborhood where to set up her dwelling. There were so many houses and she couldn't make up her mind in which to dwell. It had to offer all the beauty and all the amenities her youngsters would enjoy. The one she finally chose had beautiful landscape and there was a huge Chinese lantern under the weeping cherry; and she loved that. She liked the idea that when her babies looked out at night they would see not only the moonlight but also the light from the Chinese lantern. As she located the right spot where to build her dwelling a strange soft wind started to blow from the forest nearby lifting up all the dead leaves. She knew that's something was up because suddenly all the animals in the forest were quiet. The big wise barn owl that was perched up on the oak tree warned all of them that they had just about one week to fortify their dwellings. A big storm like a hurricane was coming upon them and they needed strong refuges. Harriet knew that her babies would arrive very soon and therefore couldn't waste too much time. In the house with the weeping trees lived four beautiful and trustworthy women. She knew that if something happened to her somehow they would raise her babies. That night under the watchful eyes of the moon she dug the most beautiful borough. Then she collected the softest twigs and beautiful leaves and made a beautiful and comfortable bed. Then in order to make it cozy she started to remove chunks of her fur and made the bed soft and warm. Then, she rested. She was very tired and needed to sleep. When she woke up she realized she had given birth to four beautiful babies. They were all different. One had a white spot on the head that looked like a star; just like the father. She was very proud of herself. She tended to those babies day and night and was so very happy when she saw that they had grown a fur. That night the wind started howling and all the trees bent because of the strength of the wind. Harriett rushed to her babies and stayed with them reassuring them that everything was all right. Then the rain came and it rained for days and two nights. It rained so much that her dwelling filled with water. Harriett tried so hard to remove the water but she just couldn't. At daybreak with the fear of being spotted she left the borough heart broken leaving her children behind. The babies being so young tried to swim out but almost drowned. They were found on top of the lawn cold, wet and almost dead. The women of the house took the heaving bunnies inside the house, dried them all up with towels. Then used a hairdryer to keep them warm. Even the small dog that lived in the house took pity on the little bunnies. She tried to be part of the rescue team but was told to stay away. That really offended her because she really had noble thoughts. It took them a few days to get accustomed in raising four wild little bunnies. Nonetheless they succeeded. The little rabbits grew and grew and they moved from baby formula on to the best hand picked grass that they loved to eat. Irol, the youngest of the four women found a great patch of clover. She would pick the tenderest leaves for her new friends. She also made little bouquets of clover flowers and placed them in the center of their box. The rabbits loved the flowers so much that they didn't dare eat. Well once in a while when Irol didn't look, they did. Harriett went back to her borough after the big rainfall but found nothing. No sign of her children, nothing. She made many suppositions; maybe her babies had drowned, maybe a big animal had eaten them; maybe…. she didn't want to think anymore. She was desperate and went to live in the forest for fear of being seen. She spent lots of time at the edge of the forest hoping that somehow by magic her babies would appear. She kept a watchful eye on the house with the weeping trees. What she found very odd is that the girls would go out to pick dandelions and lots of clover. Humans don't eat such grass. Could her babies be alive in the house? By this time she had built a much stronger and more secure borough in the woods; this one would not get destroyed easily and all she needed now was for her babies to be with her. A month went by and the bunnies had really gotten big and now were eating on their own. It was decided that on that colorful fall Sunday the bunnies would be released at the edge of the woods. After all they were born in the wild and could not be held captive. The rabbits had grown attached to the girls and loved to play with them. They also longed to play in the open by the woods and knew that they belonged there. That Sunday as usual, Harriett was at the edge of the woods when the girls appeared with a big brown box in their hands. She could not imagine what was inside the box therefore she moved deeper into the woods in order not to be seen. When the girls reached inside the box one the bunnies let out a loud squeal, Harriett heard it and her heart began to pound like a crazy drum. Could those be her babies? The girls said good-bye to the bunnies. Kissed them gently on their head and then placed them on the grass near the woods. At first the bunnies didn't know what to do. Then realized that they were free and ran for cover in the woods. Harriett without being seen had come closer and when her babies entered the woods hurriedly she gather them together. She couldn't stop licking them and the babies in turn recognizing their mother playfully were jumping over her not being able to contain their joy. The girls saddened at first saw that Harriet had gathered her babies. They were happy to see they were reunited with their mother. Then they disappeared in the vegetation. It was a long winter and the girls and the girls always left plenty of food outside hoping that their little friends in the woods would come out and eat. Then spring came and the snow melted. The grass began to grow and along with the grass the beautiful patch of clover with many many flowers. Once in a while in the morning when the girls open the back door that leads to the woods; in front of the door the girls find bouquets of flowers of clover. Just like the ones they used to make and place in the boxes of their furry friends. You've gotta have hope. Without hope life is meaningless. Without hope life is meaning less and less. ~Author Unknown

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RED OR BLACK CEDAR MULCH 3CF, 3 FOR $12.99 *With this Coupon. All specials expire 6/30/08 or while supplies last. Cannot be combined with any other offer. Limit 1 coupon per customer. See store for details.

Regular Price - $8.00 Includes: Exterior Wash and Towel Dry

A M A Z I N G S AV I N G S ! Limit one coupon per customer. No other coupons or discounts apply. Coupon must be submitted for this offer. Coupon expires 6/30/08

The Gold Wash

$2.00 OFF!!

Regular Price - $14.00 Includes: Exterior Wash, Under Carriage Wash, Wheel Brite, Sealer Wax, Triple Foam and Towel Dry

H U G E S AV I N G S !

Limit one coupon per customer. No other coupons or discounts apply. Coupon must be submitted for this offer. Coupon expires 6/30/08

The Silver Wash

$2.00 OFF!! Regular Price - $9.00 Includes: Exterior Wash, Under Carriage Wash and Towel Dry

I N C R E D I B L E S AV I N G S ! Limit one coupon per customer. No other coupons or discounts apply. Coupon must be submitted for this offer. Coupon expires 6/30/08

The Wheel Deal

$2.00 OFF!! Regular Price - $11.00 Includes: Exterior Wash, Under Carriage Wash, Wheel Brite, Sealer Wax and Towel Dry


Limit one coupon per customer. No other coupons or discounts apply. Coupon must be submitted for this offer. Coupon expires 6/30/08

Interior-Exterior Detail

$5.00 OFF!! Includes: Vacuum, Vinyl Cleaning, Shampoo Carpets and Window Cleaning

C A N ’ T B E AT T H E S AV I N G S ! Limit one coupon per customer. No other coupons or discounts apply. Coupon must be submitted for this offer. Coupon expires 6/30/08

Bumper to Bumper Detail



*With this Coupon. All specials expire 6/30/08 or while supplies last. Cannot be combined with any other offer. Limit 1 coupon per customer. See store for details.

846 Old Colony Rd., Meriden 237-4414

$15.00 OFF!! Includes: Exterior Wash, Wax, Vacuum, Vinyl Cleaning, Shampoo Carpets and Window Cleaning! Monday Friday Only

T H E W O R K S AT T H I S P R I C E ? Limit one coupon per customer. No other coupons or discounts apply. Coupon must be submitted for this offer. Coupon expires 6/30/08

The People's Press June 2008  

About The People's Press We are a community newspaper and a viewspaper serving Wallingford, Meriden and all of Central Connecticut. You will...

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