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Health and Wellness 2010 Get Happy With It!

By the People . . . For the People Serving Central Connecticut www.peoplespressnews.com

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190 Center Street. 203.265.1514 March 2010 • Volume 10, Issue 125

Photo by Jen Anderson

March is upon us

Kimberley Linstruth-Beckom March is upon us and that means that the birds chirp a little louder and the sun starts to shine a little brighter. Spring has a way of making me itch and I'm not talking about the winter dry kind that you scratch. This kind of itch will get under your fingernails and you'll be in serious need of a manicure, but dirt will do that. I like to garden. It's fun, relaxing, and can keep the kids busy for hours. Gardening can also do one more thing that most people are not aware of, it can help you stay in shape. Yes, gardening, according to that crazy "Garden Guy" on HGTV's "Gardening by the Yard", is like a workout at a gym. Some people who have raked a few leaves or tilled their own soil are probably rolling their eyes as if to say, hey, Kim, you are stating the obvious. Gardening is a lot of work, but it's mostly back breaking, it's no trip to the yoga studio. I must say that I've done a little deep breathing with some of my gardening workouts, but most of that was due to my brother's dog digging up some freshly planted mums. All kidding aside, you really can stay in shape while taking care of your "garden by the yard". Gardening contains all three types of exercise, which are, endurance, flexibility, and strength, granted it's in the disguise of pruning, weeding, digging, and raking, but it is exercise none the less. Gardening has heavy and light duties to it and you can alternate which type you are doing. As with any activity, including exercise, don't overdo it. Jeff Restuccio, author of "Fitness the Dynamic Gardening Way", suggests 30-60 minute time limits, regardless as to whether or not all of your plant holes are dug.

In an article on WebMD entitled, Get Fit by Gardening, Restuccio goes further in saying that one should focus on deep breathing and exaggerated movements to get a good workout. Apparently Mr. Miyagi isn't the only one who can find great benefits in every day chores. Some of you still might be rolling your eyes at all of this, thinking that gardening is more of a chore rather than something fun to do. That might be why State Garden Clubs and thousands of "Aerobic Gardeners" across America are making a statement on Monday, June 6, 2010 and calling it National Gardening Exercise Day. They want people to substitute the phrase "yard work" with "yard exercise" in hopes that people start to enjoy the outside a little more and get fit while doing it. Plants are amazing living things that can brighten anyone's day, regardless as to whether or not you are the one that planted it. The gift of flowers seems to be a common site for any patient in the hospital. And some people like Sharon Lovejoy, author of "Country Living Gardener: A Blessing of Toads", point to studies that found a link between ADHD and > insufficient time outdoors. These findings are interesting, however, studies are just that, and this information is inconclusive from what I can see. What is common knowledge, however, is that vitamin K is easy to absorb through the body from sunlight. The amount of time needed depends upon your skin, but the least amount is 15 minutes. And a sunblock is always a good idea. So with that, I hope all of you get out there this spring and enjoy some gardening exercise. I also hope you can take a garden walk and try a little bird watching to catch some vitamin K rays. Happy Spring and Happy Health!


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Happy Birthday!

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Mayor's Corner - Meriden This month has us thinking about the arrival of spring which officially takes place on March 20th this year. "Spring Fever" takes over as we shake off a cold, snowy winter and welcome the sunny, warm days of spring. There is a renewed energy in the air. The Mayor' Office is planning a number of spring initiatives and events to cleanup and beautify our city, showcase Meriden businesses, and have some fun! On Saturday, May 15, we will host the Annual Mayor's City Cleanup Day. We encourage residents, civic groups, and other organizations to join us for Meriden's cleanup day. A free cookout at the Hub will finish off the day for the participants. A new initiative to encourage and recognize area businesses for keeping their sidewalks clean will be launched as well. Official certificates will be awarded to participating businesses. The Flower Barrel Program will also swing into action along our Main Streets. A "Faces and Places" program will showcase small business owners on our City Website and highlight their business presence in our community. And finally, on Wednesday, June 2 there will be an Italian Night at Hubbard Park. This will feature live band performances of the music of Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennet, and Dean Martin for listening and dancing pleasure. Pizza, Italian meatballs and sausages, and Italian Ice will be available for attendees. More details on these events and activities will follow. Here's to Spring! Mike Rohde - Mayor of Meriden

Mayor's Corner Wallingford Dear Friends: First, on behalf of the Town of Wallingford, we extend our Congratulations to Andy Reynolds and the People's Press in celebration of their 125th issue - March 2010. You and your staff have done an outstanding job and we commend you for your efforts. The Town of Wallingford is very excited to be one of six towns in the State of Connecticut selected by the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation to participate in the Statewide Pioneering Communities Initiative. The Activate America--Pioneering Healthy Communities initiative is addressing the issue of childhood obesity by promoting better lifestyles through strategies that will result in increased physical activity and healthier eating by children. Coordinated by the Wallingford Family YMCA and in cooperation with various Town Departments and local agencies, a community action plan is being developed. Partners in this work include the Departments of Park and Recreation, Education Department, Health Department and the Youth and Social Services Department. Agencies involved in the planning process include the United Way of Meriden and Wallingford, the Ulbrich Boys and Girls Club and Mid-State Medical Center. Examples of existing programs for children that focus on activity and healthy eating in Wallingford include the YMCA's "Fit To Go" program for middle school youth and the "KidsMarathon" program held at Cook Hill Elementary School. We are proud to be a part of the Activate America-Pioneering Healthy Communities initiative and look forward to helping the children in our community enjoy a healthier and more active way of life. Sincerely, William W. Dickinson, Jr. - Mayor

The Silent Partner in a Healthy Community: The Wallingford Health Department Many people don't realize all the things a local health department does "behind the scenes" to keep you healthy and safe. We're often called the "silent" partner because when we're doing our job, know one thinks about us. But if you get sick from something you eat or maybe you got an infection after visiting a nail salon, THEN you call us. I want to thank Andy Reynolds for the opportunity to tell you who we are; actually it was more like he said "you have until tomorrow, so start writing". Your local health department has the responsibility of overall protection of the public health. What is Public Health? Public Health is defined as the overall health of a community, including social and mental well being, not merely the absence of disease. OK, so that's the text book answer, but what do we do? Our "authority" to ensure your community health is based on law, the CT General Statutes, provides the full scope and authority for the enforcement of both public health statutes and the CT Public Health Code (CT PHC). It is important to note that violations of the CT PHC are deemed criminal misdemeanors. That's' right, it's a crime to violate Public Health laws! You don't have the right to pollute or endanger the public's health, or you could find yourself before a prosecuting attorney, or as the saying goes "tell it to the judge". I won't bore you with all the regulation and code sections (there are many!), but I will provide you a glimpse of what we do: Food Service Establishment Inspection, Subsurface Sewage Disposal (aka permitting of septic system), Building Additions, Accessory Structures, Change of Use (if you have a septic system) Private Water Well, Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention and Case Management, Public Swimming Pool Inspection (if you live in a condo with a pool, we inspect it!), Public and Private Schools, General Nuisance and Abatement (garbage, odors, etc.) Rabies Prevention Program, Youth Camp Program inspections, Day Care Center Inspection,, Infectious Disease and Control, Hair and Nail Salons and Barber Shop Inspections, Health Education as it pertains to all services listed and Public Health Preparedness, Mass Dispensing (like the H1N1 vaccine). We try our best to evaluate all complaints we received in a timely manner. In order to do that, we need actually addresses if you are reporting a problem. Why? It just makes sense. Think about it, how many "yellow house next to the blue house on the right side of the street" are there? We enter the property address into our files and review property ownership BEFORE we even leave the office, so a house number is required. We also need you information or we can't call you back. Don't worry, we are not permitted by law to release your name, we don't want to fuel any neighborly feuds! Next months I'll share some humorous stories on "a day in the life of a health inspector". If you have any questions, give us a call 203-294-2065. Eloise Hazelwood - Wallingford Director of Health

Wallingford Rotary Turns 87 On Wednesday evening February 24, 2010, the Wallingford Rotary celebrated 87 years with a gathering at Brother's restaurant. This Sunday Rotary International will turn 105. As part of the Rotary celebration, each member made a donation to help eradicate Polio in developing countries. Happy Birthday Rotary, keep up the good work! The Rotary Club of Wallingford is composed of a collection of dedicated men and women who are part of Rotary International. Rotary International is the world's first service club organization. Its more than 1.2 million members volunteer their time and talent to further the Rotary motto, Service Above Self. Want to be a member or just want more information regarding Rotary? Visit our website at www.wallingfordrotary.org


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What is energy medicine?

CALLA LILIES

I am asked this question all the time. It is difficult to define. Energy medicine is something you need to experience to truly understand it. In short, energy medicine is a form of complementary and alternative medicine that works to balance the subtle energies of the body. There are many forms of energy medicine - such as Reiki and acupuncture, which are the most commonly known. I practice a form of hands-on touch therapy called the W.I.S.E™ Method (Wholistically Integrated Spiritual Energy), acupressure, and Reiki. The body's energies are the key to health, vitality, and well-being. When our body's energy is in balance, we are healthy. But everyday stress, injury or surgery, traumatic events (physical or emotional), self-limiting thoughts and old belief systems are a few things that can disrupt the natural flow of our energy. Stagnant or blocked energy leads to disease in the body, mind and spirit. Energy medicine helps remove blocks and re-establish healthy flow. Below are popular ways clients find benefit from energy medicine. Relaxation Session: We all need a break from day-to-day stress. This session is your time to completely relax while your energy is balanced to remove the effects of stress, tension and anxiety (such as headaches, sleeplessness, tense muscles, impaired immune system, lack of focus). Improved Health/Healing (post surgical, emotional, chronic and acute illness): Energy medicine helps speed recovery from illness, injury and surgery by enhancing specific energy which increases the body's ability to regenerate and heal itself. Many people who have chronic pain, such arthritis, knee pain, back pain, and fibromyalgia, find relief with energy sessions. Support of Cancer Patients: There are specific energy healings for pre- and post surgery, operative and inoperative cancer, tumors, chemo and radiation treatments. Cancer patients also benefit from energetic support for the immune system and for the liver to help reduce the effects of medications, chemo, anesthesia. End-of-Life Transition: Coming to terms with our passing or our loved one's passing is often difficult. Each end-oflife journey is sacred, and each person needs something different to pass on with peace in their heart. Endocrine System/Hormonal Imbalances: Energy medicine can help balance the endocrine system, which regulates reproduction and other hormones. Energy medicine can also help with other fertility and menstrual issues, such a painful cramps, ovarian cysts, and endometriosis. Pet Healing and Communication: Any of the healings for humans can be used for animals of any species. Stresses, traumas, surgeries, and even genetic predisposition all contribute to dis-ease in our animal companions. Also, animals are all-to-willing to take on its owner's stress, tension, anxiety and illness. Animals respond very well to energy medicine. I share with you what I find in your pet's energy field and body and ways that you can continue to help them on your own.. Energy medicine is a perfect complement to traditional medical care. For More information: Carrie Purcell, www.carriepurcell.com, 203.623.7386

Dorothy Gonick The calla lily, or zantedeschia, is a native of South Africa that has been enjoyed for centuries and gives pleasure worldwide today. The unique form of this elegant flowering plant adds to its beauty. Florists favor calla lilies in floral arrangements and many brides choose these exquisite blooms for their bridal bouquets. The calla lily is a hardy plant that grows from bulbous roots into a plant with very large leaves shaped like arrowheads, and a rather thick stem. Atop this stem a bud will unfurl its single leafy sheath, called a spathe, into a trumpet shaped bloom that is usually white. Some varieties bloom in other lovely colors. Sheltered within the spathe is a yellow, fleshy club-like spike called a spadix that is covered with minute flowers that will produce seeds. The plant contains poisonous oxalic acid that we must be aware of. The calla lily is a hardy plant that will grow in most soils of a humid climate. The bulbs spread by producing many more bulbs which can be dug up and replanted in another location. In many countries where the calla lily is a native, the farmers consider it a weed and vigorously destroy the plants to create farmland for crops. Sacrificing beauty for livelihood. This brings to mind the many swaths of land we have sacrificed in order to build cities and commercial developments to enrich our lives.

Healthy Eating 101 - A Monday Night "Refresher" As part of the spring Monday Night Refresher Series, the Meriden Health Department will be hosting a presentation on healthy eating 101. The presentation will be held on March 15 from 6:00-7:00m at the Meriden Public Library, located at 105 Miller Street. This program will review easy ways to reduce calorie intake while still enjoying your favorite foods and how to become more "mindful" of the food we eat. Attendees will receive free fast food and every day nutrition guides and healthy snacks will be served. This event is free and open to the public. To register, please call Lea Crown, Community Health Educator, at 6304238.

Sheehan Class of 85 Reunion Planned Attention Mark T. Sheehan High School Class of 1985 grads: The 25th class reunion is planned for Friday, November 26, 2010. Additional information can be found online at: www.MTS85.info. Alumni are encouraged to register for reunion updates and information while visiting the site. The submission deadline for the April issue of THE PEOPLES PRESS is March 29th. Don't forget to send your celebration photo. Email your stories, news, celebrations and photos to andy@peoplespressnews.com. Friend us on Facebook. Sign up to be a subscriber at www.peoplespressnews.com.

Honored

Just living is not enough. One must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower. ~Hans Christian Anderson

Reynolds Honored With Award for Community Service David Reynolds, principal of Konowitz, Kahn & Company, P.C., received the Distinguished Alumni Award for community service from Quinnipiac University on February 6. A resident of Clinton who grew up on Wallingford, Mr. Reynolds has been practicing accounting for nearly three decades. He received his Bachelor's Degree in accounting from Quinnipiac University, and is both a CPA and a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE). Mr. Reynolds is very active in the community and serves in many capacities. He is on the Quinnipiac University School of Business Advisory Board and an avid supporter of their Leader Hall of Fame student recognition program. He is on the advisory board of Schooner, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the Long Island Sound. He has held a number of positions with the Middlesex United Way, including its president and treasurer, and leadership roles in the Clinton Lions Club. Within his profession, Mr. Reynolds is an active member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accountants, and he is currently vice president of the Connecticut Chapter of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. He conducts presentations to various business, civic, and academic audiences on detecting and preventing fraud and is often called upon for expert testimony in fraud cases in court. Konowitz, Kahn & Company, P.C. is a leading provider of accounting and business advisory services including accounting, auditing, tax, wealth management, business valuations, trust and estate accounting, forensic and litigation support, family office services, and cost segregation. The firm has been serving closely held mid-market businesses in diverse industries locally and globally since 1936 and operates out of offices in North Haven and Middlebury.


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WALLINGFORD SENIOR CENTER WSC GIFT CERTIFICATES AVAILABLE - Looking for a gift for your special senior? Consider purchasing a Wallingford Senior Center Gift Certificate for a family member or friend. Our gift certificates, which are available at the front desk, may be used toward senior center classes, trips, special events, and Lake View Café meals. HATS & GLOVES TEA PARTY featuring THE VICTORIAN LADY Wednesday, March 10, 2:00 PM Wear your fanciest hat and your daintiest gloves (if you have them!) and bring your favorite tea cup. Be entertained as "The Victorian Lady" performs her one-woman show about life in the 1860's. Her authentic costumes and informative presentation are always a Must See! Classic High Tea refreshments will follow the show. Prizes will be awarded for hats and tea cups! Tickets are on sale: $5.00 Members; $7.00 Non-members. OUTSTANDING WOMEN OF WALLINGFORD LUNCHEON Wednesday, March 24, 1:00 PM In celebration of National Women's History Month, the Wallingford Senior Center will recognize several local women for their many contributions to our community. The Outstanding Women of Wallingford Luncheon and Award Ceremony will be held March 24 in the Great Room. This year's honorees include State Representative Mary G. Fritz, Lillian Blake, Carolyn Massoni, and Town Councilor Rosemary Rascati. The Wallingford Garden Club will be honored as well. A delicious grilled chicken breast luncheon, key note address, and award presentations are all part of this very special event. Tickets are $5.00 per person and are on sale through March 19. The first 100 people to purchase a ticket will receive a fabulous book celebrating women! 9TH ANNUAL SHOWCASE OF ART April 8 - 10, 2010 Display your artwork and original creations at the Wallingford Senior Center's 9th Annual Showcase of Art & Talent, which will be held in conjunction with the Jordan Abeshouse Memorial Student Art Show, Thursday through Saturday, April 8 -10. Last year this joint show attracted hundreds of local residents and provided a wonderful opportunity for public exposure to our members' artwork. Please sign up by March 26 to participate. 2010 GOLF LEAGUE - Our Coed Golf League, held at Miner Hills Golf Course, will begin its 11th season in May. This year, there will be one sixteen-week session, running from May 18 through August 31. The cost for play and the final week cookout is $235.00 for members and $240.00 for non-members. Sign-up will begin in May. Additional details will follow. DAILY ACTIVITIES FOR INDEPENDENCE PROGRAM Did you know that the Wallingford Senior Center offers a small structured, social-model day program designed for seniors with memory impairment? We offer companionship and support, developed and supervised by a Certified Recreation Therapist, an assistant, and many helpful volunteers. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 9:15 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. Transportation is provided for Wallingford residents and is handicapped accessible. The daily fee includes participation in the program, lunch, snacks, out-trips, and live musical entertainment at the center. A sampling of programs offered include: News and Views, Word Games, Craft Corner, Pet Therapy, Spiritual Circle, Bocce, Tee Time Golf, Sing-A-Longs, Card Games, Baking/Cooking, and Daily Chair Exercise. Eligibility is based on the physical, mental, and social functioning of the prospective participant. If you know someone in need of socialization and guidance throughout the day and experiencing mild memory impairment, please contact Melinda Welch, D.A.I. Coordinator, for more information at: 203.265.7753 Ext 205. SOCIAL SERVICES MEDICATION SAFETY - NOT EVERY PILL IS PERFECT! Monday, March 22 10:30 AM Everyone has a medicine cabinet filled with pills, crèmes, and lotions. At this month's To Your Health! program by the VNA of Wallingford, you'll learn why the medicine cabinet is NOT a good place to store medications, as well as other safety tips about topics like shelf life and cutting pills in half. Please sign up to attend. IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING CONNPACE - Please be aware that if you do not renew your ConnPACE when it is due, you will not be able to re-enroll until November 15th. This is due to changes that have been made in the ConnPACE program. New enrollment in the ConnPACE Program will be limited to November 15th through December 31st. A few exceptions do apply. You will be able to join ConnPACE 31 days after turning 65 or after becoming eligible for Social Security Disability (SSDI) or State Supplement Insurance (SSI). WALLINGFORD ELDERLY NUTRITION INFORMATION - The Town of Wallingford is able to provide meals to seniors who meet the criteria. Call the Wallingford Program Planning Department at 203-294-2060 for more information. FOOD PANTRIES IN WALLINGFORD Need a little help with your food bill? Listed below are the names, addresses, and times you can visit. oAngel Food Ministries: Get $75.00 worth of food for $30.00. See member interest table at the center, or call 203284-8975 for additional information. oMaster's Manna: 46 North Plains Road (in back). ID required (Photo ID, Birth Certificate or medical card). Distribution times: Tuesday & Thursday, 9-12; Fridays, 4-8 p.m. oGood News Food Pantry: 46 John Street (Good News Church). Distribution time: Wednesday, 11:00 a. m. - 2:00 p.m. oLocal churches: Call your church to find out if there is a food pantry available. CT MONEY SCHOOL PROGRAMS - CT Money School continues to provide educational programs to seniors. Below are two programs which provide ongoing education. On Your Own Again Friday, March 12, 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Divorce and losing a spouse is very emotionally trying. Even under the best circumstances, certain financial steps need to be taken. This class explores the financial issues you need to consider if you find yourself suddenly single due to divorce or widowhood. To register for this program please call 203-265-7753 MEDICARE SAVINGS PROGRAM - The Medicare Savings Program assists individuals who meet the income guidelines to pay their Medicare Part B premium. Income limits for a single person range from $1778.91 to $2091.67. For a couple, the income limits range from $2393.55 to $2816.67. There is no asset limit. If you fall within these guidelines, the State may be able to pay your Medicare Part B premium. Income verification is all that is necessary. This includes gross Social Security benefit (gross is before the $96.50 is taken out of the check), pension, dividends, interest, rental income, gross wages, etc. To schedule an appointment for completing the application, please call (203) 265 7753. BENEFITS SCREENING Tuesday, March 16, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon Do you often wonder if you might be eligible for any State or Federal programs? Benefits QuickLINK is a free and confidential program which can quickly screen for eligibility. Supporting Documents are not required, but please bring the following information with you to your appointment: 1. Monthly income (social security, pension, dividends and interest). 2. Monthly expenses (heating, fuel, gas, electricity, water, telephone, rent or mortgage payments and medical expenses not covered by health insurance). 3. Asset information (savings, estimated value of home and car, life insurance benefits). 4. A list of all current prescriptions. Registration required. Call 265 7753 now to schedule an appointment. FOOD STAMP PROGRAM (SNAP) - The State Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) (formerly the Food Stamp Program) has changed its eligibility criteria effective July 1, 2009. Income limits have been increased and there is no asset limit when applying for this program. oSingle Income: $1,669.00 month oCouple Income: $2,246.00 month For more information or to schedule an appointment to apply for this program, please call Eileen Flynn, Social Worker at 265 7753. VISIT our website at www.WLFDSENIORCTR.COM!

GOING ONCE, GOING TWICE, SOLD! GREAT BARGAINS AT TEMPLE B'NAI ABRAHAM'S MARCH MADNESS GOODS AND SERVICES AUCTION Back by popular demand, Temple B'nai Abraham will hold it's March Madness Goods and Services Auction on March 13, 2010, at 7:00 p.m. at 127 East Main Street in Meriden offering great bargains to please every member of the family. Some of the items to be auctioned include: gift certificates to some of your favorite restaurants, an overnight stay at the Four Points Sheraton, passes to wonderful area attractions, a round of golf at Lyman Orchards, an American Girl Doll (valued at $120), and so much more! These are just a few of the fantastic items to be auctioned. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. for a preview and silent auction, followed by the live auction at 7:45 p.m. Admission is only $5 per person. We will also have a 50-50 drawing. Refreshments and drinks are available during the auction and dessert and coffee during intermission. For more information contact Linda Caplan at 203235-2581.

Nunsense by Dan Goggin presented Cabaret Dinner Style You provide the food, we provide the fun! Fridays & Saturdays March 5, 6, 12, 13, 19 & 20 at 7:30pm Sunday Matinees March 7 & 14 at 2:00pm Reservations Required - Make Yours TODAY, visit www.castlecraig.org or call 203-634-6922. Admission $15

Reiki 1 Class March 27 - 28

Reiki is a Japanese touch therapy for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. Reiki I is a simple technique to learn to use for yourself, family members, and pets. The two-day class is $125.00. Limited to 8 people. To register, call Carrie Purcell at 203-623-7386 or email cs_purcell@yahoo.com. For more information about Reiki and energy medicine, please read the article "What is Energy Medicine" in this issue.

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Way To Go!

On Saturday February 20, 2010 a group of volunteers loaded a 40 foot truck container with food, water, clothing and medical supplies. The supplies will be shipped to Les Cayes, Haiti for disaster relief. This was truly a community effort with many of the volunteers from local churches, businesses, local schools and Wallingford Rotary members. All the supplies that were loaded had been dropped off at local churches and businesses which had been collecting supplies since the Haiti earthquake. The supplies were stored at Maplewood self storage center located on North Main Street Extension. The supplies filled up about five donated storage bins, some up to the ceiling. It takes about 4 hours to fill a container of this size. It costs $5,000 to $7,000 to ship a container to Haiti. After the supplies reach Haiti and are distributed, the container itself will be turned into housing. The money for the container was donated by churches, schools and Wallingford Rotary. Plans are underway for a second container. Thank you to all those who donated supplies and money. If anyone is looking for a way to help, please visit BEM at www.bemhaiti.org for the latest Haiti updates.

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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 8:30 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! On Wednesday, March 10 at 10:30 AM Wells Fargo/Wachovia Bank is sponsoring an informative program at the Senior Center. Attorney E. Jack Shorr will speak on "Estate Planning and Power of Attorney", Ted Bell, Director of Sales and Marketing for Hancock Pharmacy, will discuss "Special Services Available for Seniors at Independent Pharmacies" and Joseph Ferraro, Certified Reverse Mortgage Consultant for Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, will cover "Good Stories about Seniors who Benefited from a Reverse Mortgage". Be sure not to miss this program about services for seniors with a variety of topics designed to meet your needs! The program will be held in the first floor meeting room and refreshments will be served. The Senior Center has been designated as a Questionnaire Assistance Center by the U.S. Census Bureau to answer any questions you may have about the 2010 census. A census staff person will be here daily, except Fridays, from 9:00 AM to 12:00 noon starting March 22 until April 19. They can provide guides in other languages, help in filling out the form, answer questions about privacy and confidentiality issues and provide other services as needed related to Census 2010. If you have any questions about Census 2010 this is the place to ask! The "Move and Soothe" gentle movement class taught by Susan Sandel, Dance/Movement Therapist, will resume on Tuesday afternoon March 16 at 12:30 PM in the mezzanine. New participants are welcome and should wear loose-fitting, comfortable clothing and sneakers or rubber-soled shoes. Appointments for free AARP Income Tax Assistance are still available at the Senior Center. The service is offered in the mezzanine each Wednesday until April 7. Also, there are openings for the AARP Driver Safety Class on April 21 & 23 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Appointments for both services may be made by calling (203) 237-0066 or stopping in the front office. The Agency on Aging of South Central Connecticut is seeking people 100 years of age or older, and those celebrating their 100th birthday in 2010, to be honored at the 24th annual Centenarian Luncheon on May 5, 2010. The event is held each year at the Jewish Community Center in Woodbridge and is free for the centenarian and an escort. Last year 27 centenarians attended this special event. For further information or to register call Janiss Fowler at AASCC at 203.785.8533. For a complete listing of all Senior Center classes, activities, trips and meal menus, pick-up a copy of our newsletter available on the first of each month at the reception desk in the front lobby. John F. Hogarth - Senior Center Director

Making The Connection: Good Nutrition Today, Good Health Tomorrow By Lisa Zola, MS, MSN, APRN-BC We have all heard the expression, "You are what you eat." However, despite this very simple truth, most people do not make that connection. But how could it not be? One would not put diesel gasoline in a car that required unleaded fuel, because then the car would not run properly. The food we eat is the fuel for our body. If we put in unhealthy fuel, the body cannot perform properly, which ultimately leads to disease. On the other hand, if you feed your body good fuel, it is able to ward off disease. Not only that, but you feel better, are more vibrant and have more energy. Eating healthy is certainly not without its challenges, especially with all the food choices that are available. We are constantly being bombarded with messages that tell us to eat this, not that. Quite frankly, it is very confusing for most people. What we think may be healthy or all natural may actually be loaded with chemicals, preservatives and artificial colors and flavors that wreak havoc in our bodies. In addition, convenience foods are often touted as being cheaper than healthy foods as well as being quick and easy. Manufactured foods are intentionally engineered to be addicting. The food industry is a business, with the bottom line being profit and what sells, not concern for your health. Since the industrialization of farming and with the advent of big food manufacturers, we have strayed very far from the way our ancestors ate. Back in those days, people never heard of or ate food that came out of a box. These days, people are actually putting toxic foods into their bodies, sometimes without even knowing: foods that contain pesticides, chemicals, artificial ingredients, preservatives, refined and added sugars, refined grains, sodium, and hydrogenated fats. All of these can lead to diseases such as diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease, cancer, liver disease, digestive disorders, allergies, behavioral problems, learning disabilities, birth defects, migraines, hormonal disorders, metabolic disorders, and high blood pressure. And this is just the short list! Many of these diseases are reaching, or are already at epidemic levels, and are continuing to rise despite all of the advances in modern medicine that have been made. We seem to be overfed, yet we are malnourished, are sick, and have higher rates of chronic disease than most other countries. Although medication may be needed to help control the symptoms associated with disease, they are not fixing the root cause of the problem, and often only drive disease further into our bodies. Many people are often admitted to the hospital because of something that is ultimately linked to their nutritional status, and the alarming part about this is that they leave the hospital even more nutritionally compromised then when they were admitted. How can patients properly heal when they are served jello that contains sugar or artificial sweeteners and white bread? Luckily, the body is very resilient and has an incredible ability to heal despite all the abuse we sometimes do to it. What can one do to achieve better nutrition? Simply start by returning to a whole foods based diet and begin by incorporating one healthy change at a time. Making lifestyle changes is a process that takes place over time and is often not without struggle and challenges, however, if embraced can ultimately be a process of self discovery and transformation. Quick fixes are not the answer, usually do not work, and if they do work, usually are not permanent. When you begin to eat more whole foods, you will find that you develop a preference for healthy foods. Best of all, you will be connected with and in tune with your nutrition. Eating a nutritious diet facilitates well being and promotes good health, reduces the risk of disease, and provides essential vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Hippocrates, referred to as the father of medicine, said it best, "Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food." In addition, we need to remember that nutrition is not just for the body, but it is also for the mind and spirit. Dietary modification, physical activity, weight reduction, and stress reduction are all necessary components to good health. We also need to be accountable for our own food choices and take back responsibility for our own health. As a clinical nutritionist, I teach people how to weed through nutritional nonsense and achieve better health through nutrition. As part of my practice, I provide my patients with comprehensive nutrition recommendations that are easy to live with, uniquely tailored to each person's specific biochemical, physiological and genetic makeup, and designed to help bring back a state of balance. Consultations include review and evaluation of dietary intake, personal and family medical history and discussion of goals. The dietary recommendations I make are manageable, simple to incorporate, and can easily be obtained by shopping at local markets. Follow up visits are spent teaching basic facts of good nutrition as well as the connection between diet and health, since knowledge is key to success. In addition to individual nutrition therapy, the following services are also offered: diabetes education classes, nutrition and wellness seminars, nutrition boot camp for high cholesterol, 12 weeks to mindful eating, nutrition 101 for teens, home exercise programs, private cooking lessons, Reiki, crystal light therapy, a lending library, and a free meditation group. Lisa Zola, MS, MSN, APRN-BC is a board certified nurse practitioner who also holds a master's degree in nutritional sciences. She is the owner of Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes LLC and the DOC Nutrition Clinic™ which are located inside the Nutrition Center at 116 Center Street in downtown Wallingford. For further information please call 203.269.2952 or visit www.tlclisazola.com

Cabaret & Cabernet Join Chorale Connecticut on Friday, March 12th, at the Augusta Curtis Cultural Center on East Main Street in Meriden from 7 to 9 PM for its annual fundraiser "Cabaret & Cabernet," and enjoy an evening of wine tasting, hors d'oeuvres and some special entertainment to be provided by members of Chorale Connecticut. Mayor Mike will be the emcee for the evening. Come and support the Chorale and enjoy an evening of wine and song. Tickets may be obtained from Chorale members or by calling (860)621-1653. Suggested donation is $25 per person. More information is also available at choralect.org.


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Your Meriden Health Department

Biggest Winners Lose 79.7 Pounds So Far!

The Meriden Health Department is committed to the protection and promotion of the physical and environmental wellbeing of the citizens of Meriden through direct service, wellness promotion and active support of community efforts. Here is a brief description of the services we offer: Clinic Services (203-630-4234) coordinates immunization services for children and adults, provides a variety of screenings, and is responsible for communicable disease tracking. Community Health Education (203-630-4238) provides health information to help residents make voluntary health decisions to better improve their health. Smoking cessation services are available by calling 630-4104. Environmental Health (203-630-4280) inspects and provides licensing to places which prepare and sell food such as restaurants, supermarkets, and bakeries. They also investigate nuisance complaints such as rodents, stagnant water, and bulky waste. HIV/AIDS Counseling and Testing (203-630-4176) is available by appointment. Services are confidential. Educational materials are available as well. The Max E. Muravnick Senior Center (203-630-4273) hosts programs for residents including mini-bus transportation, medical transportation, Meals-on-Wheels and various recreation activities and trips. Meriden School Readiness (203-630-4236) provides access to affordable preschool programs to Meriden children. Allday or part-day options are available. Public Health Emergency Preparedness (203-630-4240) works to develop strategies, policies, partnerships and plans to have a comprehensive response to any and all public health emergencies. An Emergency Planning Guide is available for Meriden residents. School Health (203-630-4237) provides services to Meriden's public and parochial schools, from kindergarten through 12th grade. Nurses conduct vision, hearing, and scoliosis testing, as well as provide emergency care and first aid to students in need. Social Services (203-630-4222) provide a variety of services including health insurance counseling, geriatric assessment, and planning an developmental screenings for children 18 months to 4 years of age. WIC (Women, Infants, and Children, 203-630-4245) provides healthy foods and nutrition education to eligible participants, including pregnant women, mothers, and children under the age of 5. The Youth Services Division (203-630-4225) offers counseling to youth and their families, provides juvenile assistance to youth who commit their first offense, and is a resource for community service opportunities. Please visit the Meriden Health Department's website at www.meridenhealth.com for more details on each office, information on public health news and emergencies, and a complete list of all upcoming programs. We value your input - comments and suggestions are always welcome!

Have You Gotten Your Flu Vaccines Yet?

Connecticut Outdoors Written By: Paul Narducci As we head into the month of march it is time start thinking about open water. It has truly been a long winter and I am ready to start fishing. For those of you who don't know, I do not ice fish. To be very honest with you, I'm afraid of water. What? Yes, this is true. The fear of falling in will keep me off the ice forever. I am not a good swimmer at all and do not enjoy being in the water but love being on the water. It is time to start getting all your equipment ready. The first thing is to clean your rods and reels. You should replace all your old line with new. I like to use Ardent's reel cleaner kit and butter grease. This will make sure your reels are in the best shape and will be protected through out the year. I will also take care of my St Croix rod handles by using windex on the cork which will make them look brand new. I spray this on a paper towel and rub into the cork itself. Always replace all your old line with new and I recommend trying Silver Thread fishing line. The next area to attack is your tackle box. I like to sharpen all my hooks on my lures even if I didn't use them. If there are any rusty hooks now is the time to replace them. I will also take a good look at what I used and what I didn't with the idea of making room for the new lures for 2010. Most companies already have come out with their new lines of lures .I love trying new lures because the fish haven't seen them yet and something different always excites me. I love using my go to baits but I truly believe something new to a fish will also excite them. With my rods, reels and tackle box done I'm ready to fish. Well not exactly? I forgot I have to get my fishing license, how much? Well, I'm not even going to get started on the increase and lack of care our state launches receive because this article is going to be a positive one. The other thing I'm going to discuss is your boat. If you own a boat hopefully you have been taking care of your batteries over the winter months. If you haven't and they are old it may be wise to replace them. I have found that fooling around with cheap inexpensive batteries may not always be the smart way to go. I would recommend buying Optima Batteries and take any worries out of your mind. These batteries are top of the line and will keep you on the water. Some things you may be able to cut corners on but batteries shouldn't be one of them. There is nothing worse than being on the water and your batteries don't work. With hopefully the last month of winter on us it is a great time to take care of these basic things. It is important to take care of these things today so you don't regret it tomorrow. For those of you who enjoy boating be sure you check and replace if needed your life jackets. It is very important that you wear them . With the life jackets that are on the market there is no excuses for anyone. Every year I hear and read about people who don't wear them and it completely baffles me why they don't. I use a Sospender life jacket that cost $200.00 because I do not want to die. You can also get the same type of life jacket for under $100.00. It is well worth the money don't you think! I hope everyone one is excited for the 2010 fishing season and take time today to have a great fishing trip tomorrow. We will also be airing a new show of Connecticut Outdoors sometime in March and running through April. As always the Team Of Connecticut Outdoors would like to wish everyone the best of luck and good fishing.

The Meriden YMCA is very excited to announce that our Biggest Winner Challenge participants have lost a total of 79.7 pounds at the halfway point of our weight loss challenge! Phylis Balogh, John Benigni, Rose Charpentier, Rich and Theresa Doolittle, Christine Fontaine, Cindy Johnson, Martha Leiva, Linda Mansolf, LeeAnn Rousseau, Tammy Szczepanski, Scott Tenney, and Melissa Visconti have been working very hard since January learning about healthy eating and exercising as part of the Meriden YMCA?s Get Real Weight Management class. The class meets on Monday nights 6:30 to 7:15 at our South Meriden facility at 145 Main Street. You can join the class at anytime and do not have to participate in the contest to attend the class. Workouts, nutrition, guest speakers and healthy cooking demos are all part of this program which is designed for both men and women. The class is free for members and $12 per month for nonmembers. Call Carrie at 235-6386 x18 for more information.

Flu season isn't over yet! The Meriden Health Department still has a limited number of seasonal flu shots available. Vaccines will be administered on a first come, first serve basis by appointment at the Clinic office, located at 165 Miller Street. The cost of the vaccine is $25.00. Medicare Part B will be accepted. Any persons allergic to eggs or any part of the seasonal flu vaccine are not eligible for the vaccination. The seasonal flu vaccine is only effective against the seasonal flu virus and does not protect against the H1N1 influenza virus. Residents are encouraged to get the H1N1 flu vaccine as well as seasonal flu vaccination. Health Department Clinic staff can help you determine which version on the vaccine (nasal or injectable) you are eligible for depending on your age and health status. There is no charge for the H1N1 flu vaccine. Please contact the Clinic office at 203-630-4234 for your appointment or if you have any questions.

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Meriden and Wallingford Substance Abuse Council -MAWSAC 5 Brookside Drive, Wallingford 203-294-3591 mawac@aol.com www.mawsac.org Alcohol, tobacco, gambling and drugs are tough subjects to talk about and even tougher when they become problems in your life or in the lives of those you love. MAWSAC is a local prevention council that works with volunteer community members and organizations to bring information, education and access to treatment for anyone who requests help. Whether it is speaking to students and parents, participating in a health fair, or helping a family find a treatment facility, members of the Council are committed to helping our community become healthier and make informed decisions. Programs include Beginning Awareness Basic Education Studies (B.A.B.E.S.) an in-school puppet program for first graders: ¡Soy Unica! ¡Soy Latina! for middle school girls and moms: the holiday Parranda: Teen Awareness cards: information resource library: TIPS training for alcohol servers: and a drug prevention website. More information is as easy as picking up the phone or checking the MAWSAC website. Combating the abuse of alcohol and drugs is more than "just say no!" The Meriden Firefighters' Local 1148 would like to remind everyone of the danger of using extension cords. Extension Cord Don'ts Do NOT use as permanent wiring Do NOT use unapproved extension cords Do NOT overload power capabilities of the cord during temporary use Do NOT plug in multiple extension cords into one another Do NOT use one surge protector/power strip to power another Basic Guidelines for the Appropriate Use of Extension Cords Cords must be properly approved (by Underwriters Laboratory, etc.) Approved cords must be for temporary use only Extension cords may be used for remodeling and maintenance or repair of structures or equipment It is permissible to use extension cords to light holiday decorations The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation. ~Henry David Thoreau, Walden

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Class of 1985 - Orville Platt High School 25th Reunion

JURY DUTY…

We will be having our Reunion July 24th, 2010 RSVP by May 31, 2010 Anyone interested in attending can contact Ida Zimmer (860) 621-0267 or email idazimmer@yahoo.com. You can register on classmates.com or join us on facebook.com for more information.

……an observation by Ernie Larsen I've noticed in the past few years that nothing strikes fear in the hearts of able bodied men and women more than a letter from the Jury Commission. Well, something from the IRS would certainly trump a letter about jury duty, I'm sure - but jury duty seems to be a task people could do without. I'm sure there are a bunch of comparisons I could make - but while I'm writing this the curling team from Canada is soundly beating Norway in the gold medal match. Anyway, the call to serve as a juror seems to raise the angst of everyday folks to a level that instills an attitude of utter negativity and creates a mind-set that conjures up some very creative excuses that make "my dog ate my homework" seem primeval. I wondered why - I myself have answered the call and served my civic duty four times since 1972; just figuring it was something you were obligated to do. Never gave it a second thought when I was younger, the first time I served it was before the era of the one day, one trial scenario. Back then, jury duty was a 30 day obligation and I don't recall many people trying to avoid their responsibility; however now, people seem less inclined to serve and try anything and everything to get out of even showing up to be available for the process. Seeing the lawmakers of CT had the wherewithal to institute a one day one jury policy back in the 70's or thereabouts - you really do not have to serve longer than that, well that is if you are not chosen to proceed on a case. Which I was back in '72 - as I recall, I was picked to be on 3 or 4 cases, none which went all the way where the jury had to decide. Familiar with the term 'plea bargain' that was our fate, hearing all the testimony and then the two sides decide out of court - never telling us who got what, etc. And so it went. My other jury experiences were of the one day variety - one in New Haven where I just waited all day - not called for a jury and the other in Meriden, another day making sure the chair in which I was ensconced didn't go anywhere. Then there was another stint in Meriden when I was chosen for a voir dire that is questioning by both attorneys to decide if they wanted you on the jury for the individual they were either defending or prosecuting. This time I was so lucky - upon entering the courtroom I noticed that both attorneys were acquaintances of mine; no chance for me being chosen to serve and voila, I was excused; the downside I had to wait around until 4:00 PM, why - who knows. My next summons was this past December, just before Christmas. I'll give the jury commission one thing, they do give ample notice for those who are selected to serve. My reporting date was two months later in February. I was a bit apprehensive as the jury for one of the defendants in the Pettit case from Cheshire was being chosen in the court house where I had to report. So I started to do a bit of research and found out I was acquainted with a couple of the police officers from Cheshire from my freelance photographer days. Then I read the book about the case and found out one of the people who worked in the bank where the defendants forced Mrs. Pettit withdraw money was an acquaintance - I served in the Army with her brother and knew her from my high school days. And I have followed the case and really have made up my mind on the guilt of the two individuals. I figured I would not be chosen; then the defendant took sick and jury selection was suspended, whew! Well, back to the notice - you can plead your case for being dismissed from the jury pool; a medical condition is one of the choices or you can ask for a postponement to a later date. I decided to bite the bullet and filled out the questionnaire and awaited my fate. A week and a half before my designated appearance date I received a Juror Handbook, another questionnaire and directions to the Court and areas where jurors were afforded free parking. I have to say they were not that clear in pinpointing the free lots (I believe this may be one of the major reasons people don't want to serve, lack of CONVENIENT and free parking) I know this was on my list of negatives for this summons. But, most importantly the mailing contained the phone number for the pre-recorded notice listing those who do not have to report on the designated day. You are instructed to all this number the evening before your service date and it was sort of like having the LOTTO numbers read to you - and if you're anything like me you weren't a winner. So, on a cold, bleak snow threatening Friday in February I was to report to the Superior Court at 235 Church Street in New Haven @8:00 A.M. The courthouse is easy enough to reach from Meriden, jump on I-91 south and follow the instructions on your notification from the court. Plenty of parking areas (paid) in the vicinity - I never did see the free ones recommended by the court, Oh well, I used one on Audubon Street; just a couple of blocks from the court house. The court in New Haven has moved since I had been there in the 70's - now it is in a somewhat sterile, non-descript, government building with no character, well none that I thought outstanding - looked like any other office building on the block. Of course in this time of heightened security there was the mandatory security check - empty the pockets - walk through the metal detector - lo and behold, no surprise, I set it off - I guess it was my belt or suspenders - had to spread my arms and get 'wanded'. After that and showing my belt etc. I was allowed to proceed to the 9th floor on the Juror Only elevators. This is a huge, I mean HUGE area - enough seating for over, I would say, 200 individuals. Residing in one corner the Jury Office - check in there and take a seat and wait for further instructions. Well, now the jury process takes on a persona that I relate to my stint in the U.S. Army - hurry up and wait! After checking in @7:35 A.M. (always like to be early) now I'm amongst a grouping of my peers waiting to decide the fate of other peers, or so we think. 8:45 A.M. rolls around and the clerk announces a gentleman's name who will deliver a spiel why we're there and what is expected of us. And following this pep talk there will be a video explaining the jury system in Connecticut. Our speaker keeps it short; goes over the highlights, tells us where we can and cannot go on our floor and what time we can have lunch - important stuff like that. Then the video - another overview of trial by jury in Connecticut and short spiels by former jurors and judges. So, I'm watching the presentation and recognize one of the judges - she presides in New Britain - really familiar and then I remember - she was on the news late last year stopped for D.U.I., go figure, so I'm thinking this video is kind of old - and when it concludes the credits show it was made in 2004. I guess with the budget crunch you've got to use the old stuff - c'est la vie. Oh yes, and after all this the announcement was "time for break - be back in an hour'. We were allowed to go out of the building or just hang out in the jury area. I chose to stay in - going through security again - nah! Break is over in an hour or so - around 10:00 A.M. a group of people come into the room and check in with the clerk - they were jurors picked for a case the previous day and are reporting for duty. So, it's now a waiting game every time some someone walks through the waiting room - 60 or - 70 heads strain to see who is invading 'their' territory and if they were like me thinking the person may be a messenger bringing news that would let us be released from playing the waiting game. But, NO, one group was a bunch of lawyers - another just some unidentified court personnel, I reckon. So we wait and wait - newspapers rustling, hushed cell phone (thankfully) conversations - Tweeter's tweeting - Face Booker's booking - some sleeping. A foursome plays setback another watches TV - but mostly everyone is in their own little world - waiting patiently for something to transpire. Around 12:45 in comes the clerk with the announcement that there isn't much action today and we can go to lunch a bit early but have to report back at 2:00. Most everyone relishes the chance of a change of scenery and the possibility of an early 'retirement' from this ordeal. I ventured out and found a deli and bought a sandwich and had a bottle of green tea. Then just walked around, it was sunny but a bit chilly so I headed back to the courthouse and around 2:05 the clerk gave us our walking orders. So, the waiting game was over and the letter I just received from the court clerk, I'm not required to do this again for 3 years - I'm keeping that document in a safe place, you betcha! So, that's the tale of my latest jury duty experience, bearable, got to finish a novel I was reading and met a couple of interesting folks. It really is not that bad and if you are employed it is a day off from the 'old grind'. Here's an interesting note; if you're into serving on a jury pool the court does accept volunteers - just call your local Superior Court and they will hook you up; to each his/her own, eh? Then when I began to write this piece I wondered if the person who coined the phrase 'the wheels of justice turn slowly' actually spent some time on jury duty? Think about it!

Celebrations of Life and Home Happy 20th Birthday Mark! Have a great day 3/03/90 Love, Mom, Dad, Jeannie Booey and Pretty

People’s Press Crossword by Ruth Gordon Look for the answers in this issue. ACROSS 1. One of the corners on a diamond. 5. "I think that I shall never see a poem as lovely as a ______" 9. A high mountain. 12. A religious image of worship. 13. "______ cow!" 14. An untruth. 15. A portion of a DNA molecule that serves as a basic unit of heredity. 16. Doing nothing. 17. Intense anger. 18. Automobile. 20. Seven multiplied by three, minus five, divided by four, plus seven, equals ______. 22. Sprinkled fine powder on surfaces in order to reveal fingerprints. 25. "Sugar and spice and everything ______." 26. Mimic. 28. Physician (abbr.) 29. Twelve ins. plus two ft. 31. 1999 pounds plus 16 ounces. 32. "Sow one's wild ______" 35. Seaport on SW Honshu, in SW Japan. 37. Terminating; concluding. 39. Preposition used for expressing direction, purpose or intention. 41. America. 42. She co-starred with W.C. Fields in the 1940 film, My Little Chickadee. 43. Regretted bitterly. 44. Robert Swan Mueller III is the current Director of this U.S. Federal Agency. 47. Beneath. 48. The belly; stomach; abdomen. 50. Areas in hospitals designated to receive ambulance passengers for treatment of very urgent, unexpected medical issues. (abbr.) 51. Former husband of Jane Fonda. (initials) 53. Vim and vigor. 53. Insect that holds it's forelegs in an upraised position as if in prayer; a Praying _____. 55. Entertainer and composer, he wrote Candle In The Wind as a tribute to Princess Diana.

57. Garret. 58. MLB team in Cincinnati. 59. Raleigh is the capital of this southeast state. (abbr.) DOWN 1. Large. 2. Summer fruit drink. 3. "_____ of a gun." 4. Vote into office. 5. "Close Encounters of the _______ kind." 6. A piece of fishing equipment. 7. She is the new judge on American Idol. 8. A place to apply liner and shadow. 9. Vibrant, full of energy and spirit. 10. A monetary unit of Italy. 11. A Ball- ______ hammer is used for beating metal. 19. Of the wing; occurring in the air; birdlike. 21. Very light brown in color. 22. Sprinkled fine powder on surfaces in order to reveal fingerprints. 23. "Once _____ a time……." 24. Put forth. 27. Visitor from outer space. 29. Affirmative reply. 32. Representatives. 33. Type of throat infection. 35. An itemized estimate of expected income and expenses. 37. Personal pronoun contraction. 39. Possessive case of we (pronoun) 41. Computer keyboard key (often used in conjunction with Ctrl and Delete to reboot). 44. Federal Agency which was noted for its' slow response to Hurricane Katrina. 45. Spoiled, ill behaved child. 46. "_______ it a shame," (contraction) 49. "Once _____ a time….". 52. A polite addition to a request or command. (abbr.) 54. The seventh tone in the diatonic scale. 55. He was Ralph's neighbor and sidekick on the Honeymooners. 56. Fourteen year old Romanian gymnast who won five medals at the 1976 Olympics. (initials)

FILIPEK FAMILY TENNIS SCHOLARSHIP IN MEMORY OF WINTON S. FILIPEK, SR. The Filipek Family is pleased to support student athletes in central Connecticut through a series of $250 - $1,000 scholarships, intended to honor the life of Winton S. Filipek, Sr. A well-rounded athlete in the Meriden area, it was tennis that held a special place in his heart. The Filipek family has presented $28,200 to deserving student-athletes in the past four years. Applications can be obtained on line at: www.ymcafilipektennis.com The completed scholarship package must be mailed NO LATER THAN April 15 to: Mr. Winton R. Filipek, Jr. 230 Copper Ridge Road Southington, CT 06489


Wallingford Park and Recreation Health & Fitness Register at our office located at 6 Fairfield Boulevard 203.294.2120 This is just a small portion of the programs we offer. For the full brochure check us out at www.town.wallingford.ct.us

2001.200 Freaky Physics, Forces & Flight! grades 3 - 5The hand is faster than the eye! Can magic really be a lesson in science?!? Learn the “secrets” behind some famous magic tricks. Discover how electricity follows a “circuit” as you make buzzers buzz and make a firefly light up! Have you ever wondered how a giant jumbo jet stays up in the air? We’ll learn and experiment with the principles of flight as you build your own loop-flying stunt plane! Create your own “wave inside a bottle” while learning about water, waves and envi-ronment. Become a junior engineer as you build shapes like triangles, cyl-inders and arches that make houses and skyscrapers. You will “spin and swirl” through lots of fun activities and you’ll get to make and take home some sweet projects! When: Saturdays April 3rd - May 1st 10:00am - 11:00am for 5 weeks Fee: $85 Location: Exit 7AInstructor: Mad Science Staff 2063.201 Imagine your Life Without Limits With so many things to consider, we are excited to introduce a new resource for you, the Imagine: Your Life Without Limits book. This book is a fantastic tool to help you capture your ideas, thoughts and dreams for what lies ahead. Let the Imagine Book guide you as you visualize your expectations, desires and wishes for the future and put those ideas into words. Starting with the Imagine book, we can help you combine your unique plans for the next phase of your life with a personal financial plan designed to help you prepare for your future with confidence. When: Monday March 29th 6:30pm - 8:00pm for one night Fee: Free Location: Exit 2 Instructor: Michael Argiro, 4T 5200.200 Turbo Kick™ Turbo Kick™ is an addictive workout that combines shadow boxing, kickboxing, sports drills, dancing, yoga, and simple dance moves in a party atmosphere. Turbo Kick™ is an interval based class that allows participants of any fitness level to participate and custom tailor their workout.Instructor: Jessica Holloway, AFAA certified Date: 3/11-6/17 for 14 weeks Class Time: Thursdays 5:15-6:00 PM Location: Exit 16 Fee: $42 5332.201 Running Class Geared for Runners & Triathletes Coach Kelli will work on improving your running mechanics, speed, endurance, strength, and pacing. Triathletes will also focus on what it takes to run well off the bike and runners on proper pacing. Learn how to train more effectively and enjoy the energy of a group workout to give you that extra motivation! This class suits all abilities levels from beginner to experienced runners and/or triathletes. Instructor: Kelli Montgomery, Health&Fitness Supervisor, USA Certified Triathlon coach, Dates: 5/5-6/23 for 8 weeks Class Time: Wednesdays 6:30-7:15PM Location: Sheehan High School Track or Lyman Hall School Track (TBD)Fee: $30 5032.200 Moderate Yoga An all levels class balancing gentle opening poses with more dynamic yoga poses and sequences. Attention to breath & alignment and depending on your own yoga practice, this class

is good for beginner students and practiced ones alike-be surprised at what you can do!equipment needed: Your own yoga mat Optional: Bring your yoga mat.Instructor: Sally Noel, C.Y.T Sally is founder of Raven’s Wing Yoga in Branford, CT. She has been a yoga teacher for 8 years and a student of yoga for 15. She approaches her teaching as helping the student find their own yoga inside while sharing some amazing techniques of stress reduction, flexibility and inner strength. equipment needed: Your own yoga mat Date: 3/12-6/18 for 12 weeks, no class 4/2, 4/23 Class Time: Fridays 9:30-10:45AM Location: Exit 6 Fee: $65 2422.200 Hook a kid on Fishing The Wallingford Parks and Rec. and The Department of Environmental Protection invite all children and adults to “Hook a Kid on Fishing”. Participants will learn strategies and techniques for both salt water and fresh water fishing. Also cov-ered will be tackle terminology, natural baits and how to use them, identifying fish and care of the catch. All partici-pants will receive an official D.E.P. diplo-ma upon completion of the course.Children under 12 must be accompa-nied by an adult. Tuesdays and Thursdays April 6th, 8th, 13th 6:30pm - 8:30pm Location: Exit 1 Fee: Free/Non residents $5 Instructor: Department of Environmental Protection Staff 9033.200 Radio City Backstage Tour When: Saturday April 24th Bus Departs: Rec. Dept. at 7:30am Returns: 7:30pm Fee: $62 per person Get an insiders view of Radio City Music Hall. You will explore the beautiful art-deco interiors; learn the secrets of the Great Stage - one of the largest indoor performance stages in the world. See the stage’s hydraulic system, still in operation since the 1930’s. as an exciting climax to your tour, you will meet one of the world famous Radio City Rockettes! After the tour, enjoy free time in Rockefeller Center for shopping and dining. Babysitter Training ages 11 - 15 Teaches children ages 11-15 how to care for infants and younger children. This class covers preventing injuries, illness, first aid, basic child care, finding babysitting jobs, and other babysitting issues. Instructor: American Red Cross 5060.201 Session I Class Time: Saturday 9:004:00 PM Date: 4/3 Location: Exit 3 Fee: $67 5060.202 Session II Class Time: Saturday 9:00-4:00 PM Date: 5/1Location: Exit 3 Fee: $67 0041.200 Spring Stingers ages 6-11 Come join your friends in this very popular program over April break. We will be hopping on the bus this spring and we will be going on various trips each day. This will be a fun filled week for all participants ages 6-11. Trip schedule is not available at time of print. Program Date: April 19th - 23rd 8:30am - 4:30pm Fee: $185 per child. Guaranteed T-Shirt for everyone registered by Wednesday April 7th.

4335.200 Youth Power VolleyBall clinic grades 4-8 This program will concentrate on the basic fundamentals of volleyball. Movement skills, forearm passing, serving, serve receive, setting, attacking and physical conditioning will be introduced over the course of seven and one half hour clinic style sessions. When registering please indicate participants T-shirt size. Camp Limited to 40 players. When: Tuesdays 5:00-6:30pm April 6th - May 6th for 5 weeks Fee: $50 (includes T-shirt) Location: Gym 1 & 2 Instructor: Camp Director Dave Jockle, Head Coach for Bunnell High 4185.200 Adult Men’s 60+ yrs Slow Pitch Softball Practice and games tentatively scheduled for Monday and Wednesday mornings from 9:00am – 11:00am. Travel to other towns is included when competing against other senior teams. Letters for registration were mailed out in the month of December to the players from the previous year. Registration forms must be completely filled out and returned in person with payment and a copy of a CT Drivers License to the Parks and Recreation Department. Harry Fazio is the new league commissioner. For more information contact the Rec. Department at 2942120. Start Date is Monday April 12th Fee: $25 Residents/$30 Non-Residents *Returning players registering after February 1st $35 resident/ $45 non resident. *new players are always welcome and can register after January 1st $25 Residents/$35 non-residents. 4190.201 Junior Spring Golf Clinic • ages 716 Come and join the golf professionals at The Tradition Golf Club for this program for both beginners or someone just looking to fine tune their golf game. Topics to be covered include grip, stance, full swing and short game work. When: Fridays 4:00 – 5:00pm April 16th – May 7th for 4 weeks Fee: $85 Location: Tradition Golf Club Staff: Nick Rykoski, Golf Professional at Tradition Golf Club and Staff 4190.200 Adult Spring Golf Clinic • 16+ Come and join the golf professionals at The Tradition Golf Club for this program for both beginners or someone just looking to fine tune their golf game. Topics to be covered include grip, stance, full swing and short game work. When: Fridays 5:00 – 6:00pm April 16th – May 7th for 4 weeks Fee: $85 Location: Tradition Golf Club Staff: Nick Rykoski, Golf Professional at Tradition Golf Club and Staff

In order to ensure the quality and availability of our Programs, we ask that all registrations are completed by the deadline specified for each individual program. We would like to thank you in advance for your cooperation in this matter and appreciate your continued support for the Programs offered by the Wallingford Parks & Recreation Department.


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ICE

The Old Leatherman

from Audrey Cable Linke I never saw Dad cut ice, but my friend, LeRoy Hibbard, remembers seeing him and a crew of three or four men cutting ice on the pond below our house, next door to the Hibbards. LeRoy told me he saw Dad using a team of oxen pulling the blocks of ice up the hill to a shoot. The ice then went down the shoot to be loaded and taken up to the icehouse near Church's barn. The icehouse was in the shape of a corncrib and was probably built for that purpose originally. The layers of ice were covered with sawdust, which kept the ice from melting. Dad used an ice pick to cut into the size blocks he wanted, then carried the ice with ice tongs to our house and to the kitchen of his boss, Stephen B. Church, whose business was drilling wells. Ray remembers going for ice with his little red wagon. The Linkes lived on Lilac Street in New Haven, and Ray, with a sister or two, went to the icehouse on Bassett Street to buy a piece of ice. The iceman would take a pick, chop a line across the ice and then tap it, the piece of ice would fall off the larger chunk exactly right. A ten-cent piece of ice would last the family the best part of a week.. My friend, Al Semmler, who grew up in Seymour, told about his first job, the winter after he graduated from high school in 1932. The depression was in full swing and jobs were impossible to find, but he heard they were hiring at Clark's pond in Woodbridge where ice was being cut. Al and his friend walked from Seymour to Woodbridge in the dark, at least five miles, as they had to be there before dawn; both were hired. Al's job was to guide the chunks of ice as they came toward the bridge, shoving them under the bridge with a long pole with a hook on it. My brother-in-law, Jack Randel, got ice from Crowfoots, on the corner of the Oxford Road and West Street in Oxford. The Randels lived on Chestnut Tree Hill, summers. Jack would go for the ice with his goat wagon, riding in the wagon on the way to get the ice and part way back after he got it. Then he'd get out of the wagon when he and the goat got to the hill. The goat was trained and all Jack had to do was steer it. Jack said the cart was similar to the one in the picture (not shown), but the seat was raised, like a western wagon you see in old movies. Jack lived in New York City during the school year and told how there were no elevators in apartment buildings with less than seven floors. People who wanted ice had a sign with big numbers on it. They would place the sign in a window with the numbers showing what size piece was needed. They could buy a ten-cent piece, a 25-cent piece, a 15cent piece, or perhaps a 50-cent piece. The iceman would look up to the sixth floor windows, try to see the number on the sign, then lug the ice up to the apartment on the sixth or whatever floor the sign was on. A man could only carry two chunks of ice at a time so he climbed many a stairway to fulfill his job. An icebox was usually a rather handsome piece of furniture, made of wood and lined with tin. Ice was kept in the upper part of the icebox, put in from the top. The lower part of the cabinet had shelves where food was kept. As the ice melted, the pan under the icebox was emptied, usually once a day. As our block of ice melted we put jars of homemade root beer next to it. That root beer was a welcome, delicious, refreshing drink for Dad when he came in from cutting brush or hay, and we all enjoyed it with our supper. Ice was used to make homemade ice cream. The ice cream mixture was placed in a cylinder and the cylinder was placed in a wooden container. Crushed ice was added around the cylinder and coarse salt was added to help melt the ice---melting ice is what made the mixture get cold. Then the dasher in the cylinder was cranked by hand until the creamy mix became hard to move. The lid was then removed, the dasher taken out, and the cylinder returned to the ice where the ice cream continued to jell. This fabulous dessert was served on the Fourth of July and other special occasions. No ice cream ever tasted better than that, ever! Just thinking about it makes me smile.

The Wallingford Historical Society will be hosting a free program on Wednesday, March 17. Dan DeLuca, author of The Old Leatherman will talk about the tramp who traveled a circuit between the Connecticut and Hudson Rivers. Copies of the book will be for sale and Mr. DeLuca will be signing them. The program begins at 7:30 pm at the First Baptist Church, 114 North Main St. Refreshments provided. All are welcome.

SOUTH MERIDEN BASEBALL Youth Sports Resale DON'T THROW IT OUT - DONATE YOUR CHILDS BASEBALL EQUIPMENT, CLEATS GENTLY USED CLOTHING TO THE LEAGUE. Kids grow 'Oh So Fast'. Kids who are involved in sports usually outgrow their sports uniforms and accessories after one or two seasons. Seasonal resale events are a great way to earn extra cash for the SMYL League and purchase gently used kids clothing and accessories and at affordable prices. SMYL - YSC offers you two simple ways to recycle your child's outgrown sports equipment and accessories and help the league. All you have to do is do is bring your unwanted children's sports items to Gina Pellegrino/Rob Mirabello at sign ups or contact us for drop off information. We will set the price, we do the work by setting up a "consignment sale" in early spring. We will also have them listed on the classified section of your SMYL website www.smbaseball.com The consignment events are scheduled for early spring and summer. We will have lists of items at our meetings as well. Please call with any questions Gina @ 2036318776 or Rob M. @ 2036312145.

Flower Sale The East Wallingford Volunteer Fire Department will be holding their annual Easter Flower Sale at the Firehouse on 2 Kondracki Lane on the following dates: Thursday April 1 from 5 PM to 8 PM Friday April 2 from 8 AM to 8 PM Saturday April 3 from 8 AM to 8 PM Sunday 8 AM to Noon We will have a wide assortment of quality Hanging Baskets, perennials and annuals. Here is the test to find whether your mission on earth is finished. If you're alive, it isn't. ~Richard Bach

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MARCH PROGRAMS AT MERIDEN PUBLIC LIBRARY ONCE BANNED, NOW CLASSIC BOOK DISCUSSION MARCH 23 Meriden Public Library and the Connecticut Humanities Council's discussion series "Once banned, now classic" continues this month. On March 23, 2010 at 6:30 pm in the Griffin Room, "Native Son" by Richard Wright will be discussed. The final discussion in the series will be held on Tuesday, April 27, 2010 and the featured selection is "The Awakening" by Kate Chopin. Copies of the books are available at the Library. The program is free and all are welcome. Contact the Community Services Department at (203) 630-6349 or email comsvc@hotmail.com to sign up for participation in the book discussion series. SCRABBLE AT MERIDEN LIBRARY The Meriden Public Library will be holding Scrabble sessions on Monday, March 8 and March 22 at 2:00 pm in the Friends Room.Come to practice or learn the game. Everyone is invited. If you have any questions about this or other programs at the library, contact the Community Services Department at (203) 630-6349, email us at comsvc@hotmail.com or stop by at any session. WRITERS NETWORK MEETS MARCH 9 AND MARCH 24 The Writers Network will meet at Meriden Public Library on Tuesday, March 9 at 7:00 pm in the Friends Room and on Wednesday, March 24 at 7:00 pm in the Griffin Room. Anyone who is serious about writing fiction or nonfiction, wants to learn the process of getting published, or needs support for writing a book proposal or query letter is welcome to attend. The Writers Network is for anyone who is looking for a support network to keep the motivation going, is interested in sharing their writing with others and is longing for the camaraderie of others who share a passion for writing. Contact the Community Services Department at (203) 630-6349 if you have questions about any library program. PICTURES OF OLD MERIDEN MARCH 10 The Meriden Historical Society and Meriden Public Library will be presenting "Pictures of Old Meriden" in the Griffin Room on Wednesday, March 10 at 6:30 pm. View and help identify old structures, scenes and streets of Meriden. This program is free and all are invited. Contact the Community Services Department at (203) 630-6349 or visit the library's website at www.meridenlibrary.org and select "Adult programs" to reserve a seat. THURSDAY LUNCH TIME BOOK CLUB AT MERIDEN LIBRARY Meriden Public Library's lunch time book club continues on Thursday, March 11 at noon in the Seminar Room. Bring your bag lunch and enjoy some great discussions. All are welcome. The book that will be discussed in March 11 is Kabul Beauty School by Deborah Rodriguez. Copies are available at the Meriden Library. The schedule for the next few months will be as follows: April 15 - The Sari Shop Widow by Shobhan Bantwal May 13 - The Reader by Bernard Schlink June 10 - Lit: a memoir by Mary Karr Contact the Community Services at (203) 630-6349 or email comsvc@hotmail.com to join the book club. HEALTHY COOKING WITH KIDS MARCH 16 "My City Kitchen" with Kashia Cave invites children between the ages of 6 to 17 to come to the Meriden Public Library Griffin Room on Tuesday, March 16 from 4:00 to 5:30 pm to take part in the program "Healthy Cooking With Kids." Ms. Cave will be presenting a cooking demonstration that will show children how to make healthy choices in food that are delicious. Recipes and samples will be available at the end of the program. The program is free but seating is limited. Contact the Community Services Department at (203) 630-6349 or visit the library's website at www.meridenlibrary.org and select "Adult programs" to reserve a seat. SCRAPBOOKING ON A SHOESTRING MARCH 22 Have you ever wanted to scrapbook but felt you couldn't afford it? Well, now you can! Com to Meriden Public Library's Friends Room on Monday, March 22 from 5:15 to 8:00 pm and use our tools. You will have access to a die cut machine, decorative scissors, paper cutter, corner rounder, and stencils. Bring your photos, pages, an adhesive, and pens. Free handouts will be available and there will be a free demonstration on how to shape up your scrapbook. This free program is one of three to give you an opportunity to get those photos in an album once and for all. The other two programs will be held April 26 and May 24 in the Griffin Room. Registration is requested and free paper will be provided for those who pre-register by calling the Community Services Department at (203) 630-6349 or sign up online at www.meridenlibrary.org under "Adult events." A TRIP THROUGH THE GI TRACT MARCH 22 Join Dr. Thomas Jung from Midstate Medical Center on Monday, March 22 at 6:30 pm in the

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.

Meriden Public Library Griffin Room for "A Trip Through the GI Tract." Dr. Jung will cover the signs, symptoms, and treatments of everything from acid reflux to diverticulitis and much more. The program is free and all are welcome. Contact the Community Services Department at (203) 630-6349 or visit the library's website at www.meridenlibrary.org and select "Adult programs" to reserve a seat. ANIME CLUB MEETS MARCH 26 The Teen Anime Club at the Meriden Public Library will meet on Friday, March 26th at 3:00 pm. We will be watching an anime based on the manga series, Tsubasa written by the female group Clamp. This program is for teens ages 13-18. Snacks will be provided. Sign up through our website at www.meridenlibrary.org or at the Information Desk. If you have any questions please call Melissa at (203) 238-2346 ACOUSTIC GUITARIST PROGRAM MARCH 27 Guitarist Peter Biedermann will be performing on Saturday, March 27 at 2:00 pm in the Meriden Public Library Griffin Room.. Mr. Biedermann is a guitarist that has been writing and performing original instrumental music for over 30 years. While his music covers a number of genres in the electronic and acoustic fields, the performance on the afternoon of Saturday, March 27th will focus on original acoustic fingerstyle pieces in unique tunings on various 6 and 12 string guitars. The program is free and all are welcome. Contact the Community Services Department at (203) 6306349 or visit the library's website at www.meridenlibrary.org and select "Adult programs" to reserve a seat. EDIBLE BOOK FESTIVAL MARCH 31 Calling all readers and bakers! Do you have a favorite book? Show off your creativity by bringing an edible book creation to the Meriden Public Library's Edible Book Festival on Wednesday, March 31 from 6:30 to 8:00 pm. Bring in an edible creation that has something to do with books or is book shaped. It could represent the theme, title, or book cover of your favorite book. It can be made of cake, cookies, candy, nuts - whatever, as long as it is edible as we will be sampling your creation. This program is free and all are welcome to enjoy the edible books. The edible books will be sampled at 7:00 pm. Coffee and tea will be provided. Contact the Community Services Department at (203) 630-6349 if you have questions about this festival and wish to sign up. FREE ACT/SAT PRACTICE TEST APRIL 3 Would you like to take a practice SAT or ACT test? Kaplan Test Prep will be holding a practice test session at the Meriden Public Library on Saturday, April 3 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm in the Griffin Room. The test is free. Reserve a seat by contact the Community Services Department at (203) 630-6349 or visit the library's website at www.meridenlibrary.org and select "Adult programs" to reserve a seat.

Being Smart About Your Pets Health

By: Lori Peck, Meriden Humane Society Believe it or not Spring is around the corner and with it bringing all of the pesky creatures that disrupt our pets lives. So, wouldn't it be a good idea to bring your pet in for an annual exam and stock up on your flea/tick and heartworm preventatives ahead of time. Your pet is a part of the family and deserves to have their health a priority as well. Unfortunately, our four legged friends can't always let us know when something hurts or is bothering them, so they rely on us to take care of them. Not only do they need us to feed them, give them attention and walk them, they need us to take care of their health as well. We can do this by not only bringing our pets to the veterinarian for their shots when they need them, but by bringing them in for an annual checkup as well. Your veterinarian can check the animal's ears, teeth, heart and many other things that we as pet owners wouldn't know what to look for. This way if something is wrong, the animal can get it treated early and not have to go through anything worse later. Cats and kittens can start getting a flea treatment at 8 weeks and older and puppies about 7 weeks and older. But please consult your veterinarian first if you have any questions. We can also help our pets by cleaning their bowls regularly, so that mold and germs do not build up in them. Keeping their beds vacuumed and cleaned, cleaning their litter boxes, kennels, cages and by keeping the yard free from unnecessary debris can also be helpful. As the warm weather approaches, please remember that you may need to to get your pet to the groomer, so they can trim his coat and nails. Making sure your pet has fresh cool water and isn't overheated is very important, so please check on this as well. If you can do these simple things for your pet's health, then you should have a happy, healthy pet. Of course if your pet needs special care, please follow up with this as suggested by your veterinarian. The miracle is not to fly in the air, or to walk on the water, but to walk on the earth. ~Chinese Proverb


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Wallingford Family YMCA hires NEW Aquatics Director

The Wallingford Family YMCA is pleased to announce the hiring of Lisa Hoover, as our new Aquatics Director. Lisa will join our YMCA family on Monday, March 1, 2010 and work with Keith Cargan, Aquatics Coordinator, myself and the Aquatics staff for a smooth transition of department leadership. We would also like to thank the YMCA search committee and Management staff for their time and effort devoted to this tough decision. Lisa has been working in the YMCA movement for over 14 years with experience in all aspects of aquatic programming, membership development, staff development and training, establishing aquatic, safety and risk management standards as well as managing special events. Lisa most recently was Senior Program Director for the Stratford Family YMCA. We welcome Lisa her enthusiasm, experience and passion to our YMCA. Lisa is a graduate of Eastern Connecticut State University. She has also been recently honored as a member of the YMCA of the USA Aquatic task force and Association of YMCA professionals Chapter 2 Membership chair. Lisa is certified as an American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor, Babysitter's Training Instructor and Lifeguard Certified. She is also a representative on the Connecticut YMCA's Membership and Program Networks as Aquatics and Membership Liaison. Lisa is married, has one child and resides in Wallingford, Connecticut. Please join me in welcoming Lisa to the team of the Wallingford Family YMCA. She can be reached at lshoov@aol.com. Regards, Sean Doherty

Spring Luncheon The Meriden Intermediates Club will hold a Spring Luncheon on, Wednesday, March 10. The event will be held at the North Italian Club at 43 Thorpe Avenue in Meriden from 12:00 to 3:00. Guest speakers will be Scott Haney and Kara Sundlun. Kara and Scott are co-hosts of the TV show, Better Connecticut, which airs daily on Channel 3 at 10:00 a.m. Tickets are $10.00 and may be purchased from Carol Bonaiuto at (203) 6341855. Life is simple, it's just not easy. ~Author Unknown

Annual Meeting

Wallingford Land Trust Annual Meeting is March 25th 7:00-9:00 ‘The Amazing Monarch Butterfly’ with Joyce Crebase at the Wallingford Senior Center, 238 Washington St. Wallingford. Learn about the life cycle of the monarch butterfly and follow its incredible migration of over 2,000 miles to spend the winter in Mexico. Joyce Crebase will share her experiences of following the Monarchs on their migration south and how human activities both in Connecticut and Mexico have impacted their migration. For more info: 203-269-2653 swcd43emt@sbcglobal.net. For more information on the Land Trust, please check out the website at www.wallingfordlandtrust.org. Photo by Liz Landow ‘Monarch on butterfly bush’

Hunter's Ambulance Memorial EMT Class Emergency Medical Technician - Basic This program is designed to prepare individuals to take the State of Connecticut Emergency Medical Technician - Basic certification examination. Training is accomplished through both classroom and practical skill building sessions using State of Connecticut Certified Emergency Medical Services Instructors, experienced EMS field personnel and other specialized guest lecturers. Deadline for applications is March 19, 2010. Classes begin in April and will be held at the Hunter's Ambulance Education and Vehicle Resource Center. If you are interested in this course, please contact: Stephanie Karpey 450 - 478 West Main Street in Meriden

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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. June and Flora Dear Housewives, I can't share this with my friends so I am turning to you, my local 'go to gals'. I am in my late 60's and have grown children. They all went to college and have good jobs that pay well. My husband and I paid for them to attend college and that caused us to still have a mortgage on our home. I regret second mortgaging our home time and again for our children's college. I am still working to enjoy life and to pay my mortgage. Help me get this off my mind or figure out a plan. Thanks ladies. - Retired and tired of working in CT FLORA: If your children do not know that you and your husband still are paying on a mortgage; it's time to tell them. Honestly, I think that children who have the means, should help their elders out. Here is a shout out: If you are reading this and your parents are senior citizens with a mortgage: Here Ye Here Ye. Gather up your siblings to come up with a plan to pool funds to assist your parents. You did not have student loans, but your parents are still struggling; give them a hand. JUNE: I do agree with Flora except I would not say "Here Ye" and I don't know who Flora means by "elders" but I think children of means should help their parents to not have any financial burdens. No one in their late 60's should have to work if their children are living a well off life. Also, there is more than one grown child here so they can all easily pool some money. I say give them this article or come right out and tell them the situation. If you raised them right, they will offer before you can even ask. Dear Housewives, I need some good entertainment, local and fun. Any ideas? - Looking for fun JUNE: Of course, the library always has passes for museums and play places. For adult fun (clean adult fun) try a comedy show. Hartford sometimes have decent headliners visiting or see a big comic at the Oakdale (or whatever it is called now). FLORA: Go to a local church's BINGO night! It is a lot of fun, not expensive and helps a good cause. St.Stan's in Meriden has a fun one on Saturday nights. Bingo is for ALL AGES. JUNE: Great idea Flora!! I know a great girl who works there, all the proceeds benefit the school and all the workers are parents volunteering their time. Every Sat. Games start at 6:30 PM but doors open earlier. Food is sold as well. Anniversary Wishes Dear Andy, Dawn and The People's Press, We are so proud and pleased to be a part of the newspaper. Congratulations on your 125th issue! We wish you much continued success! Sincerely, June and Flora

Choose Something Like A Star "So when at times the mob is swayed To carry praise or blame too far, We may choose something like a star To stay our minds on and be staid." Those are the closing lines in one of my favorite poems by Robert Frost. It has a deeper meaning than I realized when I first became acquainted with this poem, which was in high school when I was in the a cappella choir. Randall Thompson set this poem to music, as well as others by Frost. It seems Frost was actually criticizing contemporary poets of the day, the stars of the time, and asking them to "Say something to us we can learn/ By heart and when alone repeat, " and to "Use language we can comprehend." I think the closing lines of his poem are suggesting that his poems have the requisite elements he is suggesting others have, and we can rely on their steadfast quality, and indeed they have stood the test of time. Robert Frost was a star to me back in 5th grade. I was living in Amherst, Masschusetts, in 1959, and that fall I began 5th grade in a very small school that housed five grades, 1st through 5th, one room for each grade. Mary Whittaker was our teacher, and she was quite young. One of our assignments was to memorize a poem and recite it in front of the class. I chose Birches, a fairly long poem for a 10-year-old to memorize. It's a beautiful poem though, so it was not hard for me to do. Well, it was a little challenging, but I did it. Mrs. Whittaker knew I loved Frost's poetry, and encouraged me to memorize more. I believe it was in the spring of 1960 that Mrs. Whittaker arranged for me, my twin sister Nancy, and one other classmate, Debbie, to attend a reading of poems by Robert Frost himself. Of course, I cannot tell you where this took place, but it seemed like a really large concert hall sort of room. There was a large stage with a podium, and there he was! How the next part was orchestrated, I have no memory of, but I believe Mrs. Whittaker asked if these three little girls could sit on the edge of the stage so that they could see better. I remember we were wearing little frilly kind of dresses and our best shoes, and I can remember sitting on the edge and looking up at this large, old man with white hair. Can you imagine how exciting it was to be sitting a few feet away from my favorite poet? I would not be able to recall exactly which of his poems he recited, but I am almost positive that they included Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening, Mending Wall, The Road Not Taken, The Gift Outright, and Birches. Listening to Robert Frost that evening was an event which was indelibly etched in my memory. He was and is definitely a star to stay my mind on and be staid. (The Wallingford Public Library has an audiotape entitled "Robert Frost Reads His Poetry" in case you would like to hear him for yourself. [Thanks, Earl, for letting me know.]) Barbara Sherburne - barndt49@yahoo.com

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SPECIAL PROGRAMS AND EVENTS AT WALLINGORD PUBLIC LIBRARY: All of our programs are free, all of the time! CELEBRATE THE IRISH WITH TOM CALLINAN IN CONCERT! Wednesday, March 10 7: 00 p.m. Community Room Join us for an evening of Irish music, song, and stories with Connecticut troubadour, Tom Callinan. Tom's talents as a singer, song-writer, and storyteller have made him one of Wallingford's favorite performers. Young and old enjoy his traditional and original songs; and everyone gets a chance to chuckle at his corny jokes. Please contact the library to reserve your seat! LUNCH AND LEARN: LATE-LIFE DEPRESSION Thursday, March 11 11:30 a.m. Community Room Join us for a complementary lunch and learn more about this common illness that often goes undiagnosed in up to half of older adults. Dr. Rehan Aziz, M.D. and Director of Behavior Health at Masonicare will give a talk about symptoms and treatment for late-life depression. All are welcome to this free program however, advance registration is required. Please call the library or sign up online to make your reservation. This program is co-sponsored by Masonicare. CAREER EXPRESS: GET ON BOARD! Tuesday, March 16 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Library Parking Lot The Career Express is the Department of Labor's mobile one-stop career center providing the latest workforce and job skills development services to individuals across the state. It is equipped with eight computer workstations with Internet access, the latest audio-visual systems including a plasma TV with SMARTBoard technology and a hydraulic wheelchair lift to provide full access to persons with disabilities. Information about the DOL/CT Works Career Centers is also available. Free, professional help is available on a firstcome-first-served basis. Areas of expertise include: " Online job searches " Career exploration " Finding good job sites " Interviewing " Resume writing BROWN BAG IT: SOCIAL SECURITY AND RETIREMENT Tuesday, March 16 12:00 p.m. Community Room Representatives from Wells Fargo Advisors and the Social Security Administration will discuss social security, Medicare, retirement, taxes, and other issues important to you and your future. Bring your lunch and paper and pen. You'll want to take notes! All are welcome. Beverage and light dessert will be provided. Please sign up in advance by contacting the library. THURSDAY NIGHT BOOK CLUB: West with the Night by Beryl Markham Thursday, March 18 7:00 p.m. Collins Room Beryl Markham was born in England in 1902. When she was about four-years-old she was taken by her father to East Africa. She spent her childhood playing with native Maruni children and apprenticing with her father as a trainer and breeder of racehorses. In the 1930s, she became an African bush pilot, and in September 1936, became the first person to fly solo across the Atlantic from east to west. West with the Night is both memoir and adventure story. Please join us for an informal discussion of Beryl Markham's book and her interesting life. All are welcome for conversation, refreshment, and reader fellowship! A limited number of copies of the book are available from the Information Desk and from our library catalog. SATURDAY MORNINGS WITH POETRY Saturday, March 13: Irish Poetry and Saturday, March 27: Women's Poetry 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Board Room All are welcome to attend and share their original poetry and writing experiences with fellow poets and poetry lovers. Special features this month: In celebration of St. Patrick's Day, Irish Poetry on March 13; and in celebration of National Women's History Month, Women's Poetry Mini-Festival on March 27. WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH, CELEBRATING OVER 100 YEARS OF PUBLIC SERVICE: PRESENTED BY THE CHESHIRE/WALLINGFORD LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS Wednesday, March 24 7:00 p.m. Community Room Please call the library for program details. THE ENGLISH LADY: GARDEN EARTH LECTURE Wednesday, March 31 7:00 p.m. Community Room We are delighted to present renowned landscaper and radio personality, Maureen Haseley-Jones: The English Lady. Learn how to reconnect with nature through mindful gardening. "The English Lady" is heard regularly on WRCH Radio Lite 100.5 FM. Please reserve your seat early! All attending will have the chance to win a laminated landscape plan. MARCH COMPUTER CLASSES Intermediate Word 2007 Tuesday, March 23 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Board Room Take your word processing skills to the next level in our Intermediate Word 2007 class. You will learn how to insert images and tables as well as work with headers and footers. Class size is limited to 6, so please sign up early. You may register in person, online at www.wallingford.lioninc.org, or by calling the library at 203-265-6754. COMPUTER TUTORING SESSIONS Thursday evenings: 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. One-on-one computer tutoring sessions are available at the Main Library on Thursday evenings. Computer novices are encouraged to sign up to learn keyboard or mouse skills, word processing, Internet searching, online job applications, or e-mail. Please call the Library or stop by the Information Desk for more details or to register for a session. WALLINGFORD PUBLIC LIBRARY FREE MOVIE EVENTS FRIDAY NIGHT FLICKS: Twilight: New Moon Friday, March 26 6:30 p.m. Community Room In the second installment of Stephenie Meyer's phenomenally successful Twilight series, the romance between mortal and vampire soars to a new level as Bella Swan delves deeper into the mysteries of the supernatural world she yearns to become part of - only to find herself in greater peril than ever before. Rated PG. AUTHOR EVENT: SAVE THE DATE FOR BINNIE KLEIN! Wednesday, April 7, 2010 7:00 p.m. in the Community Room Binnie Klein, author of "Blows to the Head: How Boxing Changed My Mind" Don't miss this opportunity to meet a mid-life female psychotherapist who picked up a pair of boxing gloves for the first time and forever changed her life! NEWS FROM WALLINGFORD PUBLIC LIBRARY: VISIT OUR BOOK SHOP: The Book Seller The Book Seller at the Wallingford Public Library, 200 North Main Street, Wallingford offers gently used books, CDs, DVDs, videos and other materials for children, teens and adults. The expanded space is located in back of the library with plenty of room to browse. Look for the green awning. Store hours as follows: Monday 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Wednesday 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. NEW HELP FOR JOB SEEKERS JOB NOW: Live Job Assistance Wallingford Public Library has an exciting new service for job seekers and career changers: JobNow. This unique online service gives job seekers on-demand access to trained career coaches and job resources. JobNow's free professional services are available on any of our public Internet computers; ask for more information at the Information Desk. Wallingford Library cardholders can also access JobNow from home by linking to http://main.wallingford.clc.jobnow.brainfuse.com. Job seekers should register for an account after using their Wallingford Library card to enter the site. JobNow is the first service of its kind to provide live career coaching from any computer with Internet access. Services available are live interview coaching, with interview tips and resources; a resume lab with sample templates, along with resume analysis within 24 hours by a JobNow expert; assistance with writing cover letters; and a career resource library that includes links to current job openings locally and nationally, as well as career and personality assessment instruments. ADAPTIVE COMPUTER TECHNOLOGY The Library now offers adaptive technology for our patrons with vision impairment. If you are interested in learning more, ask about the trackball mouse, large print keyboard, and iZoom screen magnifier/reader. They are available in the Adult Computer area. We also have an Optelec video magnifier for anyone wishing to manipulate the size of print while reading books, magazines, and newspapers. It is located by the Periodicals Area of the adult section. CELL PHONE RECYCLING AND DON'T FORGET THE EYEGLASSES! Remember that you can bring in your old cell phones for recycling. Drop them in the box near the copier across from the Circulation Desk. The Library receives a percentage for each phone. Thanks! Eyeglasses can be recycled too. The Lions Club collects all the eyeglasses collected at the library.

JUST FAX IT! In response to popular demand, we have installed a self-service public fax machine nextto the photocopier by the Circulation Desk. It transmits faxes for $1.50 per page with a credit or debit card, but does not receive faxes. Librarians at the Information Desk can help you get started. LIBRARY FIND OF THE MONTH: Psychic Women in History Sisters Maggie and Katie Fox (the "Rochester Rappers"), cracked their toe joints against the floor as they conjured up the "dear departed." The year, 1848! In the ensuing decades, millions in the U.S. and abroad followed the careers of the Fox sisters, Madame Blatvartsky, Eva Bissono, and other female psychics. You can read all about these fascinating ladies from books at the Wallingford Public Library. Come in and take a look at The Spiritualists by Ruth Brandon (133.90973 BRA), Lily Dale: the true Story of a Town that Talks to the Dead by Christine Wicker (133.9097 WIC), or A World Beyond (133.93 Montgomery) and Here and Hereafter (291.23 Montgomery) both by Ruth Montgomery. I have a simple philosophy: Fill what's empty. Empty what's full. Scratch where it itches. ~Alice Roosevelt Longworth

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THE THRILL OF COMMUNING WITH NATURE IN TROPICAL CLIMES By Phyllis S. Donovan By the time people get to be my age you'd think it would take an awful lot to actually thrill them. But guess what? The thrills keep coming! Let me tell you about my last off-the-scale delightful adventure. Last month, my husband and I spent some time in the Cayman Islands to take a break from winter. He was pleased that soaking up some tropical sun and swimming in warm waters actually helped relieve his persistent back pain. We didn't even know before we went that there are just three islands in the Cayman group. Cayman Brac and Little Cayman attract the scuba diving thrill seekers while Grand Cayman, where we stayed, boasts gorgeous beaches and less strenuous water sports...along with lovely shops, expensive restaurants and the ubiquitous banks which helped earn its reputation. (A recent television series suggested that the Caymans are particularly noted for scuba diving and tax evasion. But neither figured into our plans which were far less demanding. Our bodies aren't robust enough for scuba diving and our finances aren't robust enough to warrant tax evasion.) But back to my big thrill which involved getting into the water with 20 or 30 stingrays -- many measuring almost four feet across -- and actually frolicking with the graceful creatures. These particular Southern Stingrays, I should point out, are not the lethal kind which resulted in Australian naturalist Steve Irwin's untimely death. But when we were in the water and they started gliding silently toward us, I did wonder what I'd let myself in for. Actually, the catamaran trips run by Red Sail Sports (which booked trips right from our hotel out to the stingray sandbar) rank right up there as Bald eagles fly freely in Punta Gorda City Park. special things to do in Grand Cayman. The story goes that in earlier days, Cayman fisherman would stop at a certain sandbar off the island's coast to clean their fish before coming back into port. The stingrays caught on that there was great food pickings near the sandbar so gathered there for the leavings. Years later, they still hang out there looking for food. Now they are protected by the government which forbids tourists from feeding them but old habits die hard. As soon as the catamaran set anchor and we were allowed to climb down the back ladder into the waist deep water on the sandbar, the rays moved right in to investigate. With eyes on top of their triangle heads and a mouth on the underside, they can't see what they're eating but clearly wanted to check us out. The biggest ones are female, and very inquisitive, bumping against our legs and raising a flipper to touch us. They were sandpapery feeling on the top side but their white underbellies were silky smooth. We were warned to pat them like a cat, from head to tail, as they each have a sharp barb that lies flat above their tail which could cause a painful puncture. The males and young rays are more shy and tend to swim deeper in the water, but we were surrounded by the big females who seemed to enjoy the encounter as much as we did. The fewer people in the water, the friendlier they got. We were so enchanted by them that we were the very last ones to reluctantly clamber back onto the boat. For more information about swimming with stingrays, check out: www.redsailcayman.com. On another day, we went out to the Cayman turtle farm at Boatswain Beach. Here they nurture and raise the great sea turtles which, at one point, were close to extinction as they were hunted for food. There they collect and care for the eggs laid on the beaches by the female turtles, protecting them from birds and other predators which decimate not only the eggs but dine on the baby turtles when they hatch out. Pens around the premises hold turtles of varying sizes from the smallest youngsters in one tank up through the middle size older turtles right up to the large full-grown turtles ready for mating. Since these turtles can live to be over 100 years old, this farm is already nurturing several generations of turtles to eventually be released into the sea. Earlier in the month, on a Caribbean cruise with my sister, we had visited a butterfly farm on St. Martin. (Yes, we know there's a butterfly farm right up I-91 in Massachusetts, but we wanted to see the tropical varieties.) There we were toured through netted areas where rainbow-hued butterflies and moths flitted about and chrysalises hung from branches of host trees whose leaves were favored by the caterpillar stage of the different varieties. The butterflies and moths prefer different natural foods, we learned. Like our monarch butterflies prefer milkweed, some tropical kinds like banana or lime leaves. Protective coloring and markings are of top importance to the otherwise defenseless butterfly or moth. One gorgeous butterfly had wings with markings like owl's eyes to discourage predators while the giant Atlas Moth sported what looked like miniature eagle heads on the ends of its wings. We were encouraged, when we got home, to plant things in our yards which would appeal to and attract butterflies. For anyone interested in doing this, the information is available on their website: www.thebutterflyfarm.com. Both in St. Martin and later at Grand Turk we had time to do some snorkeling and saw firsthand how unhealthy the Caribbean reefs are becoming. We didn't see anywhere near the numbers and varieties of the colorful reef fish we had seen as recently as five years ago and the reefs themselves looked cloudy and disintegrating. Concerted efforts are now underway to reverse this change and try to save these dying reefs. We only hope they are not too late. On a side trip on St. Thomas, we visited the St. Peter Great House and Botanical Gardens high on a hilltop looking out over the Virgin Island chain. The house gave a rare insight into the more gracious side of island living but the grounds really captured our fancy, with a small stream splashing through a veritable rain forest filled with all kinds of exotic flowering plants. Along the way, tall jungle-style cages held preening lovebirds, lemon-crested cockatoos and brilliantly colorful macaws. One especially industrious macaw named Sandy was so intent on ripping strips of wood off his cage with his formidable beak, he couldn't be bothered to pose to have his photo taken. Later, as we relaxed at the outdoor refreshment bar, one of the cockatoos, perched prettily on his keeper's shoulder, devoured a whole banana, bite by dainty bite. When our cruise ended in Port Everglades, we took a bus back to my sister's winter place in St. Petersburg crossing the old Alligator Alley, now the east-west portion of I-75. From the bus, we had almost a bird's eye view of the adjoining everglades waterways, filled with large white heron, black cormorants and occasionally a great blue heron. We had naturally also been on the lookout for alligators, expecting them to be large brownish green critters. Once we were told that the big black logs we'd been seeing strewn along the water's edge were actually the alligators, we saw too many to count on our trip west to Naples. What did we know, two kids from the Berkshire Hills who had never seen alligators in the wild before. To us, this was another thrill we couldn't have experienced at home. The next week, we visited long-time friends in Punta Gorda (the same couple who introduced us several years ago to the charming, diminutive burrowing owls who were later featured in the movie, "Hoot.") This time, they had another natural wonder to share with us. At a nearby town park, a pair of bald eagles had built a nest on top of a warped tree not even as tall as a telephone pole. One baby eagle had hatched out in the large, scraggly nest and although people come regularly to watch its progress, the two adult birds take turns guarding the nest and searching the area for food to bring back to their eaglet. When we were there, he was big enough to be seen sitting up there in the nest and gobbling up whatever the parents brought to him. The wonder was that the trio paid no attention to the people who regularly camped out nearby to watch them as they went about their daily lives, free in the wild. We came home from this trip reassured that nature, in all its forms, is indeed wonderfully amazing and we should do all we can to help preserve and nurture it for our grandchildren and generations to come to marvel over and enjoy.

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Oh, Go Fly A Kite ~ george arndt ~ The winds of March were a blessing for those of us who enjoyed the thrill of sending that ten-cent kite flying high into the blue. When my two sons were just knee high to a grasshopper, I would take them kite flying. Part of the fun was assembling the kite…somehow I always managed to get the two thin pieces of wood inserted into the designated spots without snapping them in two. Ahhhh, and then came the tail…it had to be made with just the right cut of cloth. The length was optional, but it had to be just one and a half inches wide. Then came the short pieces of material for the ribbons…one had to have the skill to determine the spacing along the length of the tail for those specially designed cross ribbons. With finished projects in hand and balls of string…off we headed to that wide open field with no trees to worry about. It took a bit of running to get that amazing thing called a kite, into the air. And, with the proper maneuvering by my little boys, those diamond-shaped pieces of paper soared like eagles. Now and then I would have to intervene to keep the kites on course. Oh, but as sometimes would happen, the wind would not cooperate, and I would hand the end of the string off to my son, and say… "Here, Dougie, now you hold the string and run as hard as you can." Oh, but such sorrow should befall my poor little boy…the wind was dying and the kite was fluttering and soon, there it was…stuck in that far off tree…the same one that good ol' Charlie Brown always gets his kite entangled in. And so, the venture ended in tones of blues and grays for my youngest son…he was only five years old. As we drove back home, he sat in the back seat pouting and blubbering about how his kite got stuck in a tree……..it was so sad hearing his pitiful words of disappointment. As we were driving along, the sad tears became tears of laughter as we talked and joked about how that nasty old tree ate his favored kite. So, the next time someone tells you to go fly a kite…be a sport, and do just that…literally.

Rest in Peace

Pedro M. Montijo - February 3, 1938 - January 30, 2007, who passed away 3 years ago. Sadly missed along life’s way. Quietly remembered every day. No longer in our life to share, but in our hearts you’re always there. Love always, Sherry, Angie, Roberto, Tanya, Kimba, Angel, Grandchildren and Great-grandchildren. Te Amo!

Rotary News

Lori Gregan, Retail Operations Manager for Roses for Autism, and Julie Hipp, Marketing Director, were guest speakers at the Wallingford Rotary on Wednesday, February 17th. The Roses for Autism Program is the first business endeavor for Growing Possibilities, a non profit social enterprise, dedicated to growing independence for individuals with Autism and other disabilities. Several fundraiser opportunities are available. For information, visit www.rosesforautism.com or call 203 453-2186. In picture: Julie Hipp, Lori Gregan and Wallingford Rotary President Craig Fishbein


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Keep Kids Healthy As Winter Gives Way to Spring

Food Guidelines for Good Health

When days get longer and the weather begins to warm up, it's a sure sign that spring is around the corner. After months of cold temperatures and gray skies, just about everyone looks forward to spending time outdoors taking in the sights, sounds and scents of the season. But with temperatures rising and flowers, trees and grasses beginning to bloom, it's also time to protect kids from seasonal allergies and sun exposure. Here are some tips for keeping kids healthy all spring long. * Look out for signs of seasonal allergies. Hay fever, also known as allergic rhinitis, is a common problem in both infants and children. Common symptoms include repeated sneezing, a stuffy or runny nose with clear drainage or congestion, itchy eyes and nose, throat clearing, sore throat, and/or a cough that tends to worsen at night and in the morning. Kids with seasonal allergies also tend to breathe through their mouth a lot and may have dark circles under their eyes. * Limit kids' exposure to common allergens. While it's impossible to keeps kids clear of all outdoor allergens, there are some common-sense steps that can help minimize their impact, such as keeping kids indoors and closing windows in the early morning when the spring tree pollen count is highest, not hanging clothes outside to dry and bathing kids at bedtime to help minimize nighttime allergies. * Protect skin from the damaging effects of spring sun. After being indoors for much of the winter, kids are eager to spend as much time outdoors as possible. To protect their skin during the spring months, break out the sunscreen and their favorite hats. When choosing a sunscreen for a baby, toddler or young child, look for a product that offers broadspectrum UVA and UVB protection with a minimum SPF of between 15 and 30. Also consider a product that is water resistant and one that is hypoallergenic and free of fragrance. * Don't forget about eye protection. The lenses of children's eyes are extremely sensitive. Just as taking care of kids' skin can help prevent skin cancer in adulthood, eye protection can protect kids' eyes from developing certain conditions, like cataracts and macular degeneration, later in life. Everyone, including kids, should wear sunglasses year-round, but especially during spring and summer. Make sure to choose sunglasses that provide 100 percent UV protection. Hats with brims large enough to shade the eyes, while not as effective as sunglasses, also offer moderate protection from the sun.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture recommends that individuals use the food pyramid for a balanced diet. For a 2,000-calorie diet, follow the recommendations below from each category. GRAINS: 6 ounces (3 ounces whole grains) daily VEGETABLES: 21/2 cups daily FRUITS: 2 cups daily MILK: 3 cups low-fat milk products daily MEAT & BEANS: 5 1/2 ounces daily FATS, SUGARS AND SALT: Go sparingly

Mohegan Sun Bus Trip The E & R U.C.C will sponsor a trip to Mohegan Sun, on Saturday, April 24, 2010. 9am departure from the Wallingford Senior Center and return around 5:30pm. Advance Ticket Purchase only. To reserve your seat ASAP make out check to: The Evangelical & Reformed U.C.C. and mail to: E. Tierney, P.O.Box 3, Wallingford, Ct. 06492. Ticket price: $30.00 inludes $30.00 casino bonus package. All proceeds to benefit our April Fundraiser

Spring is Ideal Time to Get Moving After hibernating in your den or on your couch all winter, let those first warm breezes of spring be a call to action. There's no better time of year to stretch your mind and muscles -- and launch an exercise routine that will take you through the summer and into the fall. The key to developing a fitness routine that will help you reach your health and weight goals is simpler than you may have thought. There are only two firm rules: Keep it simple and keep it up. Simplicity is key Often, the hardest part of an exercise program is getting started -- particularly after a long and sedentary winter. So priority number one is to simply get moving by setting aside 20 minutes every day for some kind of physical activity. Spring days are great times to take a walk, go for a bike ride in the neighborhood or rake those leftover leaves from your lawn. If there's still a bit of winter in the air, stay inside and dance to your favorite tunes or do some chores to fastpaced music. Mopping, vacuuming, dusting can be good exercise if you do them continuously and at a moderately fast pace. The important thing is to keep yourself moving for 20 minutes. The following week, add an additional 10 minutes and change up your activities. After two weeks, you will have developed the habit of taking time to move, which is essential to making any exercise routine stick. Consistency gets results The bottom line is this: Once you are in the habit of exercising, it's much more likely that you will stay with it. What you do during your exercise time isn't nearly as important as simply doing it -- and making it fun. If exercising outdoors with friends will help keep you moving on a regular basis, build an exercise routine that includes walking with others a few times each week. If it's solitude you seek, search out two or three walking routes that are quiet and serene. Building in variety is another key to keep your exercise plan going strong. Ask for help Building new habits is hard, and you don't have to do it alone. There are fitness resources galore both in your public library and on the Internet. It's also a good idea to consult your physician for any exercise tips or suggestions.

James Herbert Smith, author of WAH-SAY-LAN, gives a book reading and signing event at the Wallingford Public Library By Priscilla Reynolds The book, WAH-SAY-LAN, is an historic novel, James Smith's first novel, about the history of the Iroquois Indians in the American Revolution. The Community Room at the library was full of men, women and some children on the evening of February 24, 2010. Speaking for myself the author lifted my spirits as he read excerpts from his novel. (The evening seemed gloomy and if it hadn't been for my friends and their kindness in driving me, I would have missed out on an inspiring and interesting talk.) James read excerpts from his book without letting his audience know the whole story. He explained that many of the conversations among the historical figures had actually taken place but perhaps at a different time or place, and the history of the Iroquois was authentic. He has added his own imaginative skills in the journey of his main characters. But even a few of them were based on historical figures. For example, the slave he called Freeman Trentham, had lived in Wallingford, Connecticut. I empathized with the slave when he was litterally dumped in New England and separated from his parents. He could not understand the English language but always recalled the first conversation of the men around him or rather one name mentioned in that conversation of Thomas Jefferson. I'm anxious to read the novel to see if Freeman tries to find Thomas Jefferson. Wah-Say-Lan is a beautiful Seneca woman, just 17 at the beginning of the novel. She is the fictional main character and presents herself as a modern feminist. James Herbert read the first page of the novel that described this beautiful tall woman and the beloved island where the Senecas lived. One can visualize the two main characters, Freeman and Wah-Say-Lan becoming a couple. Many people from the audience asked questions following the book reading. My friend, Margaret, wanted to know the slave's real name and what had actually happened to him. His real identity was Chatham Freeman and Margaret plans to see if his grave lies in Center Street Cemetery. Many were interested in the Rev. Samuel Andrews, also an abolitionist from Wallingford, who confronts George Washington in history and in this novel. James H. Smith is executive editor of the NEW BRITAIN HERALD and the BRISTOL PRESS, and former editor for 14 years at the RECORD JOURNAL. He is a former president of the NEW ENGLAND SOCIETY OF NEWSPAPER EDITORS and a recipient of the distinguished Writing Award from the AMERICAN SOCIETY OF NEWSPAPER EDITORS. James and his lovely wife spent time afterwards talking with the fans and autographing his novel. The library offered everyone coffee or tea and tasty treats.

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Home Country

"Maggie's Corner"

Slim Randles Marjorie Pincus looked out the front window at her husband, Marvin, and smiled. No matter how old he gets, she thought, he'll always be the boy I remember, riding his bicycle through this town so many years ago. Marvin had stopped picking out the nutgrass and was watching a small group of children across the street in the park. Two of them had kites, and the brisk wind of morning had them both up as high as string would allow. Soon, Marvin had ambled across the street and was standing behind the children, watching the taut dip in the string and listening to the rattle of the tight paper. The first time Marvin Pincus flew a kite in this park, airplanes didn't go very far or very fast. The other side of the moon was a mystery in those days, and no one really thought man would ever go there and back. Not really. And here these kids are, flying their kites the very same way, with the very same rag tails, and looking up at the earth-tied fliers climbing with the gusts and settling with the relaxation of the breezes. Marjorie watched from across the street as the Herrera boy walked over to Marvin, whispering something as Marvin leaned down to hear, and then handed the stick with the kite string tied to it to the old man. His face beamed as he controlled flight once again. The kids smiled, too, probably not realizing kite flying was the same when Mr. Pincus was a kid, too. But what about the dreams? Marjorie thought about this. What goes through the minds of today's kite fliers who know what the surface of Mars looks like, who know what the far side of the moon looks like, who know there are human beings in a space station, living up there, right now? What will their dreams be as the kites dance? What dreams will dance now as they stand there and hold the miracle of flight in their fingers? - Brought to you by The Long Dark, An Alaska Winter's Tale. Available at www.slimrandles.com.

Make Room for "Oliver" By: Maggie Griffin If tears could build a stairway and memories a lane, I'd walk right up to Heaven and bring all my dogs and cats home again. I know they are happy, being in a better place, but think of all those dogs and cats that are still here waiting to have a loving home. I always do, and now I am going to tell you why. Since as long as I can remember, my love for animals was, and always will be, something special to me. From my first family dog when I was six years old, Tori, to my Cat Teresa that my Great - Uncle Frank and cousin Angelo gave me, my birds Fred and Ginger, then Tweedy, my Mini-poodles; Murphy and Tasha , and of course my adorable Beagle, Ben. To conclude; I certainly won't leave out the guinea pigs. Let's not forget there was Daisy, the goat my Dad won for wearing the best costume. All of those animals mean so much to me, still to this day. Remembering when my parents brought Tori home, they were out visiting someone who had a litter of puppies. When my parents came home, my Dad was holding an open paper bag and told us all to get in the family room as he and Mom had a surprise for us. He then placed the paper bag down very carefully and out came Tori, a Poodle/Terrier mix. When I was in second grade, Tori took a long walk, for two weeks, and how my entire family was so heartbroken and worried, even Mom cried for days, but we never gave up hope. My Dad placed ads in the paper constantly, until one night, at dinner time; the North Haven Animal Shelter called and said "We have a dog that fits this description". At that time, it was closing hours, but the man heard our cry to let us all come down and see if that was our Tori. He let us. We all stopped what we were doing, left the dinner on the table and drove to the Animal Shelter. Sure enough, it was Tori. How I missed him, I was so happy to see Tori, looking into his Angel Eyes. That night we took him home. My Mom gave him a nice warm bath and a home cooked meal. Tori lived a long time, he was there when I got married, and he was there when I had my first child. Naturally, when I turned 22 years old, Tori passed away of natural causes. Then for me, along came Murphy, a dog my husband and I adopted who was a full breed mini-poodle. We adopted him from a nice couple in Hamden who had to find Murphy a nice home because they just had a child and Murphy sort of had a hard time accepting that. Well, after Murphy, we wanted him to have a friend, so we adopted Tasha, another mini-poodle, as a puppy. When the two met, it was love at first site for Murphy. I thought to myself, "What a wonderful world for them". Together they ate, walked, played, slept; all the things two dogs do together. But in 1999, Murphy passed away of a sudden stroke and again, it devastated me, my kids and even Tasha as she was alone without her companion and partner in mischief. My kids were little and like me they were heartbroken when Murphy died. I told my children at that time "God needed Murphy now to guard the gates of Heaven". Following, I saw an ad in a local paper for another mini-poodle, but when I called, the poodle was already adopted. However during that same call, the North Haven Animal Shelter told me they just took in a Beagle. My son being; four years old; and my daughter turning 7 at that time, they begged me "Mommy please, can we see the dog". Off we went. Ben (whose previous name was Taco) was left out during a tropical storm from his previous owner who took a vacation. He was left with no food, no water, in a yard on a busy street. A good person who had a huge heart called the animal shelter to take him in, as I was told, this happened to him more than once from his previous owner. Not knowing who made that call, I knew I had to take Ben and give him the love and attention he deserved. Although his previous name was "Taco", he didn't look like a taco to me or my kids. How did we change his name to Ben? Simple, Tommy named him. Prior to meeting "Taco", that same week when Murphy passed away, my son enjoyed watching the movie "Ben" and loved the song "Ben" sung by young Michael Jackson at that time. Tommy being only 4 years old, heartbroken and lost without Murphy, he cared so much about Taco knowing he was left behind by what he called "a mean lady that left him in the cold and rain". Tommy re-named "Taco" to be an official "Ben". The difference in reference to the movie was to us Ben is a dog, not a mouse like in the movie. Ben took to his new name very quickly, learned so many tricks and he and my son were inseparable. If you ever heard the song "Ben", then you'd understand why my son, at four years old at the time with a BIG heart, felt why his new dog's name had to be "Ben". Ben had a lot of spunk in him. The first thing my daughter, Stephanie, gave him was a red bandana to wear and her Disney Bean bag chair to lie on. Tasha was happy to have Ben be a part of our family as she too grieved the loss of Murphy in her own way as animals do. Then we moved to a larger home in 2002. In 2003, along came Harley, a Boxer/Doberman Mix. She is such a Powder Puff, a lovable dog that loves to talk to her neighbors every day. Given she is 65 pounds now; Harley is a dog who is over friendly. She gets on her hind legs to tell you she wants to give you a hug. Very smart, she then was trained to help me during my battle of cancer. How did I get Harley? A friend of one of my clients told me about a litter of three, Harley being the little ball of snuggle out of that litter. The owner of the litter sent me a picture of Harley knowing how much I love animals. She then asked me if I would like to adopt Harley. I said, yes. Off to West Haven with my kids and my niece to pick up Harley. Harley loves the water, so much so we needed to buy her a kiddy pool for the summer months. How did Harley get her name? Simple, when I brought her home, the first thing my husband did was look at her paws and said was "She is going to be a large dog". But prior to that, he was talking about getting a Harley Davidson. Therefore, Tom being concerned about the size of how big the dog would get and wanting a Harley at the same time, compromising was the best option. Tom got his Harley and she is 65 pounds of a bundle of love. Since 2003 to 2009, we have three dogs. Amazing how our family pets all got along. My oldest sister would call my pets "The Welcoming Committee" whenever she entered my home. Harley apparently is the president of the Welcoming Committee. But recently, back in September of 2009, Tasha the mini-poodle passed away at the age of 18 of simple old age. February of 2010, Ben passed away at the age of 13 of congestive heart failure. As a family, we all took care of them to the end because the fact is all our pets are a big part of our family. I cried for months about Tasha and I prayed so hard that she found Murphy in Heaven. I have to admit, I am still crying about Ben now too. But prior to Ben passing away, after Tasha, irony in a few things took place. In between Tasha's passing and Ben's passing, about a month ago, I saw a beautiful Black Lab/Dalmatian mix. I was leaving a property I was showing at that time in Wallingford and saw him right in the middle of the fork of the road on Parker Farms Road where you would turn onto Hope Hill. I stopped and just looked at him for a moment. Seeing how he looked at me with those big brown eyes and how clean he was, I knew I had to help this dog. I guess he lost his collar along the way. I immediately put on my hazards, got out of the car where the fork to the road is on Parker Farms, while the driver behind me was very patient, she probably assumed I was trying to get a dog that belonged to me, when in actuality; I stopped to help this dog. Easily this dog jumped into my car, which I was very happy about, that told me the dog loves to ride in the car and I knew even all the more that he is trained and he has a family that is looking for him; and must be worried about him. At that moment, I thought about the time when I was in second grade when Tori was missing and how my family and I felt, worrying and missing him so much. I somehow knew the family who owned this dog was feeling those same feelings of worry and missing him. As I was driving, I noticed this dog licking my back seat. That told me he was hungry. So while I was on the road, I called my office and asked them to call The Wallingford Animal Shelter, where they spoke to Dean, to let them know I am on my way with a dog and how I found him. But I wasn't going to let this dog go hungry, therefore, being hungry myself, we went through the drive thru at Subway since it was on the way to the Wallingford Animal Shelter. I have to admit, I had the best lunch date that entire month just eating subs in the car with this dog. He had a cold cut combo on wheat, no turkey. Wow - did he eat it. As I was feeding him, and talking to him, I had to give him a name. So I called him "Bruce". I told him that I can tell he has a family that is missing him and they are looking for him, but not to worry, he will be home with his family. He perked up his ears when I said "Family". We finished our lunch and proceeded to The Wallingford Animal Shelter where they were waiting my arrival with the Dog. Dean was there. Not even a minute went by and Dean said to me "I just received a call and a flyer through the fax machine that matches the description of this dog". I asked Dean "Is there a name for the dog on the flyer"? He said, "Yes, his name is Monkey". So I stood a while and kept calling the dog by the name on the flyer. Every time I called his name "Monkey", he wagged his tail and came right to me. Meanwhile, Dean was on the phone with the owner and the owner was on his way to see if in fact that was his dog. Sure enough, that was his dog and Monkey is so happy to go home to his family. Continued on Page 17

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Concert Ismeros Arcok Ensemble will be performing at The Hungarian Community Club on Sunday March 28th at 7 pm. Ismeros Arcok's music can be characterized as mix of folk music, heavy metal, hard rock and jazz. Concert tickets are $30 for members, $35 for non-members. Dinner will be served at 6 pm for an additional $10. More information is available at our website: www.hccwallingford.org. For reservations, please contact Louie (203) - 530-3557 or Linda (203) 634-0602. You can also email us at HCCofWallingford@gmail.com. The club is located at 147 Ward St, Wallingford.

Cabaret & Cabernet Join Chorale Connecticut on Friday, March 12th, at the Augusta Curtis Cultural Center on East Main Street in Meriden from 7 to 9 PM for its annual fundraiser "Cabaret & Cabernet," and enjoy an evening of wine tasting, hors d'oeuvres and some special entertainment to be provided by members of Chorale Connecticut. Mayor Mike will be the emcee for the evening. Come and support the Chorale and enjoy an evening of wine and song. Tickets may be obtained from Chorale members or by calling (860)621-1653. Suggested donation is $25 per person. More information is also available at choralect.org.

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Continued from Page 16 Meanwhile, Ben was getting worse in his condition, so we knew. Ben passed away peacefully in my husband's arms on February 5th. He was our little buddy, tears from our eyes flowed upon him while he peacefully passed on. How he loved to jump for a Milk Bone and give paw, just like Tasha and Murphy. His favorite thing was his Big Teddy Bear stuff animal, tennis balls and my socks. But with Ben passing away, now the loss of two dogs in less than 6 months really took its toll on my entire family, including Harley. Two days later, I opened the Advisor and saw an ad for a Dog looking for a home. Talk about repeat history. That dog was spoken for already, but Erin at The Animal Haven in North Haven told me "we just took in a Toy poodle, would you like to see him"? There was no doubt in my mind I had to see this dog that they named "Angelo", after his previous owner who recently passed away. On February 7th, my husband and I went to see "Angelo". Before us was another couple looking at Angelo and how I started to cry. Every Dog I looked at, a majority were already been spoken for, that is how much love, care and attention the animal shelters give to all of these pets, you can see it in the eyes of a Dog and a Cat. But there is the coincidence about this dog, the poodle, they named after the owner who passed away. I felt strongly in my heart I had to take him home, I just knew he had to live in my home. Immediately, we went home to pick up Harley to meet Angelo. They clicked. Following, I started signing of the adoption papers. However, like Ben, I told my family "He does not look like an Angelo, what should we name him"? My daughter then said "Oliver". I asked my husband, since February 7th was his birthday, if he wanted to name the dog. He then said, "I like the name Oliver and we can also call him Ollie for short". There was really something there, an immediate connection with Oliver. Turns out, Oliver, who they called Angelo at The Animal Haven because it was the name of his previous owner who passed away, turned out to be the same Angelo that is my Mother's cousin; who he and his Dad, my great-uncle, also gave me my cat that I named "Teresa" after my God Mother, when I was 10 years old. My Great-Uncle Frank and Cousin Angelo and my Great-Aunt, all of whom lived in the same house, knew how much I love animals since I as far back as I can remember. How did I find out he was my Mom's cousin's Dog? I got all of Oliver's paper work from the previous vets he went to, that is how I knew he was my Mother's cousin's dog. And knowing my Mother's cousin, there was no doubt in my mind Oliver loves Italian Food and listening to guitar music as I took my lessons to play my guitar from my Great-Uncle Frank. My mother just couldn't believe this. How incredible and coincidental this was since I have not seen her cousin Angelo in 20 years. I didn't even know he passed away until my Mom told me during all of this. I can be certain now that my Mom's cousin heard my prayer and saw my tears over my dogs Tasha and Ben. Faith has is how I ended up with his dog. Oliver, being so small, can certainly jump heights, walk on his two hind legs and he just loves to tease Harley. He likes to be the boss. He is 8 pounds who enjoys going up to Harley and lick her nose, hop on her chair while she is on it and pushes her aside as if he was saying "Make Room for Oliver". Please, find it in your heart to give a dog or a cat a loving home, faith is one good reason why. Animals give us unconditional love and they communicate with humans simply by their eyes and actions. There are so many dogs and cats just waiting to be adopted. Donations are needed as well to these animal shelters, donations like dog or cat food, blankets, dishes, monetary to help keep these shelters running and caring for all those loving pets. They are God's creatures too and they need you. I will always love and miss all my pets that moved on and up to Animal Heaven, and I am thankful for the happiness they all gave to me and my family. But to me, giving another Dog a loving home is something I knew in my heart was worth more than 200% sure. When someone shows 100% love to an animal, those animals love you back 200% in return, unconditional love that is. I'd like to thank The Animal Haven in North Haven, CT again, Ridge Hill Animal Hospital in North Haven for caring for all my pets, The Wallingford, CT Animal Shelter for bringing Monkey back to his home, Meriden Humane Society and all of the Animal Shelters in CT. Most of all, like the person who finally helped Ben just by caring enough for him and called the Animal Shelter back in 1999 because he was left out for over a week during a tropical storm; remember, don't be afraid to help an animal you see needs help; they tell you through their eyes. Our Animal Control Officers take good care of Animals that are in need of help, love and care. Most of all, they will bring those Animals home again; whether they are missing from a loving family or need a loving family to call their own. There is a reason why a pet needs a loving home. Just look at my experience. Especially the thought that Oliver was already family before he came to live with my family. If I had my way, I'd adopt more animals, but then I'd have to find my Husband a Loving Home. Please find it in your heart to help by adopting a pet, donate, anything you can do. We, as humans, can talk for our loving animals and help them. Visit: www.TheAnimalHaven.com , www.wallingfordanimalshelter.com , www.petfinder.com/shelters/CT20.html . See the pets they are advertising on their sites, looking for a loving home. These shelters are known to be places where friendships are made. Trust me; call them too, there are more dogs and cats at all the shelters in Connecticut, and every state for that matter. New dogs and cats arrive every day. Donations are a very big help as well. These shelters can provide you a list of donations they accept to keep these shelters running and these animals fed and warm until they find good homes for these lovable animals who want a place in your heart where they will always be there to say to you "welcome home". And thank you God for giving me all the pets that are now with you guarding the gates of Heaven, they know how much they are still loved and missed, still to this day. Thank you Cousin Angelo for making sure I adopted your dog. In your way, you lead me to him. I promise to continue to play the guitar to him and once and a while treat him to Italian meatballs. I would like to share with you, something someone sent to me, not once, but twice, to honor of my love for my family pets through the years; and all the pets of my family members, for the life they lived and the happiness they gave. This came to me after Tasha, my mini-poodle, passed away, then again recently when Ben passed away. I need people to know, as a Real Estate Professional, home certainly is where the heart is, even for our loving pets. This letter, when reading it a second time, brought Oliver home to my family all the more. To my Dearest Family, There are some things I'd like to say. But first of all, to let you know, I arrived to Heaven okay. Here I dwell with God above. Here, there are no more tears of sadness; here is just eternal love. Please do not be unhappy just because I am out of your site. Remember that I am with you every morning, noon and night. That day, I had to leave you, when my life on earth was through; God picked me up and hugged me. God said to me, "I welcome you. It's good to have you back again; you were missed while you were gone. As for your dearest family, they'll be here later on. I need you here badly; you're a part of my plan. There is so much we have to do, to help our mortal man." God gave me a list of things that he wished for me to do. And foremost on the list is to watch and care for you. When you lie in bed at night after your day's chores are put to flight, God and I are closest to you...in the middle of the night. When you think of my life on earth, and all those loving years, because you are only human, they are bound to bring you tears. But do not be afraid to cry; it does relieve the pain. Remember there would be no flowers, unless there was some rain. I wish that I could tell you what God has planned. If I were to tell you, you wouldn't understand. But one thing is for certain, though my life on earth is over, I'm closer to you now, than I ever was before. There are many rocky roads ahead for you and many hills to climb; but together we can do it by taking one day and step at a time. It was always my philosophy, as your family pet, what you give unto the world; the world will give to you. If you can help another dog, cat or any animal that's in sorrow and pain; then you can say to God at night...."My day was not in vain." Now I am content. I want you to know that my life with you was worthwhile just knowing as I passed along the way I made you smile. So if you meet another dog or cat, any animal that is sad and feeling low; just lend a hand to pick them up, as on your way you go. When you're walking down the street and you've got me on your mind; that's only because I'm walking in your footsteps only half a step behind. And remember when it's time for you to go...from your body to be free. Remember you're not going....you're coming here to be with me. ~ Anonymous


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These Six Keys To Regular Exercise Will Benefit Our At Home Elderly Seniors Carol Carbutti, The Owner Of Comfort Keepers In Wallingford, CT Believes These Six Keys To Regular Exercise Will Benefit Our At Home Elderly Seniors While Promoting A Healthy Aging Lifestyle The benefits of being physically fit for in home healthy aging retirees are so numerous that it makes no sense not to encourage them to develop a reasonable level of fitness. As our baby boomer parents and retired grandparents age, keeping fit can become more of a challenge, but the benefits are even more numerous and rewarding. Here are six keys that every senior and their private caregiver should keep in mind as they are pursuing a fitness program: 1. Frequency - How often your elderly senior parents exercise is an important factor in a successful fitness program. Family caregivers and companions need to remind their senior parents who are pursuing a health related fitness program that they do not have to exercise all that often. The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) says that excellent results can be achieved by aging seniors with 2 sessions per week of strength training and at least 3 days a week of aerobic exercise (walking, etc.). 2. Intensity - How hard your healthy aging parents push themselves is also important. Seniors looking for in home health related fitness don't have to push too hard. For aerobic exercise your elderly mom or dad should aim to work at a heart rate of about 60 -70% of their target heart rate (220 minus their age). Strength training requires enough weight to challenge an at home senior clients muscles, but not so much that it makes them really uncomfortable. The "no pain, no gain" mentality is definitely not necessary for good results. 3. Duration - This refers to how long an elderly client's exercise session lasts. For good health, the requirements are very reasonable. A good target for aerobic exercise is 30 minutes per day. A caregiver can encourage sessions of as little as 10 minutes and build up to 3 times a day. Following this healthy routine proves to create sufficient results. For strength training, duration is not too important. It's more important that homecare family members to observe and make sure their senior mom or dad's routine covers a variety of exercises that target all of your major muscle groups. 4. Stretching - As our retirees get older, most of them lose some of the flexibility in their joints. Regaining as much of this flexibility as our elderly seniors can is extremely beneficial. For our homebound and respite care clients I recommend that they try to do some stretching exercises every day. Even a few minutes a day can make a big difference.

5. Warm-up - Everyone including our active senior citizens should include at least a few minutes of warm-ups before they start their regular exercises. The goal of a simple warm-up is to simply loosen up the muscles which they are about to use and get some extra blood flowing. For strength training a warm-up might include a set of exercises with little or no weight. For aerobic exercise, have your elderly parents start their exercise at a slower rate at the beginning then gradually pick up the pace, you will find that this method works well. A warm-up before stretching is also a good idea. Just a few calisthenics can safely and gently move the joints for our aging parents. 6. Cool Down - This is overlooked by many healthy aging seniors. The principle is pretty much the opposite of a warm-up. When your senior parent is done exercising, they need to gradually slow down their movements for a few minutes to bring the body back to a more normal level. Caregivers should make sure their senior clients continue by slowing down their movements to bring their heart rate back down to a more normal level before they stop completely. Using these keys will help our retired seniors to develop an exercise program that is both beneficial and easy for them to follow. Your in home elderly parents will feel the results in a few short months. This will make their effort well worth it. Keep in mind that an exercise program to improve their senior health is something they must plan on doing the rest of their life. Family Caregivers and private home aids need to remind their clients continuously that their effort to achieve a happy and healthy lifestyle is worth the time. I know that some family caregivers do not have the extra time in their busy schedule to encourage this kind of physical activity, so you may want to ask some of your relatives and close friends to help out. Another option to look into would be to hire an in home non medical caregiver and companion for a few hours a week to perform some household duties, run errands and encourage activities with healthy interaction. You can find important information about our company by going to www.comfortkeepers.com.

"One Is Not The Loneliest Number" By: Lori Peck, Dedicated Volunteer Have you ever thought about adopting a dog or cat, but dismissed the whole idea of it, because you didn't think it would be fair to the animal to be by themselves as an only pet? Well, PLEASE reconsider! We have many animals that would fair much better as, "The One and Only." Just like humans, there are cats and dogs who are either to shy, have been abandoned, are not social, or are just to darn arrogant to get along with others, but need to be loved none the less. So, "YES" we do want you to adopt them by themselves. These animals would make great one-on-one pets. As far as dogs go, Diamond (what a beauty) is a young, female, medium sized Bull Terrier, Sheppard Mix. Diamond was brought in, on an extremely busy day at the MHS, ready to give birth. She had a difficult time, because her babies were so big and she was just a young pup herself. With the assistance of the staff and volunteers, everything went well. Diamonds puppies flourished and went to good homes. Diamond has not been so fortunate and still resides at the shelter, waiting for her forever home. She is currently receiving obedience training and would need to continue this training after being adopted. This poor girl's life was so rushed, that it is her turn now to get the T.L.C. and training, to make her the best pet she can be. Since Diamond presently has issues with being around other dogs, we would love to place her in a one pet household. Could she be the dog for you? Shayna is only 10 months old and is such a sweetheart. A female German Shepherd/Chow Mix that loves to play.The thing is, Shayna doesn't realize how big she is and likes to jump and be on your lap. Because she is so cute, people tend to let her. She needs someone that will stick to the training that she is currently receiving, so that she can learn the right way to behave and play. She is very smart and is catching on quickly. Won't you please consider adopting Shayna, as an only pet. As you can imagine, our feline friend's don't want to spend their lives in a cage. So, as soon as they feel comfortable being around other cat's, then they are sprung and free to roam the main cat room. This is not the case if you are a scaredy cat or don't play well with others. These cat's are let out by staff and volunteers for short periods of time, so they can walk around a bit, but not so long as to stress them out. They are waiting to go to a nice home, where they can walk around without any worries. Some of these cats are, Jezebel, a beautiful DSH Calico, Kimba, a very shy, full figured female, black tabby, Peanut, a DSH black, female, Dumpster, a gorgeous DLH female, black kitty and Neal (who is desperately seeking a home) a medium hair, blk/wht, male kitty with sooo much love to give. They'll be waiting for you! We also have a couple of events coming up. Please join us on Saturday, March 20th from 8-11 a.m., at the Meriden Grange, 504 Broad St. for a Pancake Breakfast. Tickets: Adults-$8, Children (under 10) -$4. They can be purchased at MHS or call Cindy from the Grange at (203)-237-4617, by the 10th. Our annual photos with the Easter Bunny, will be hosted by Pet Playhouse this year. The North Shore Animal adoption bus will also be at this event. So, please mark your calendars for March 27th, from 10-4p.m., location 1656 Meriden-Waterbury Turnpike, Plantsville, CT. Hope to see you there! If you would like to make a donation of any kind, whether it be food, cleaning supplies or monetary, are lobby is open from 8-6 p.m., everyday and we are open to the public for animal viewing from 12-6, WednesdaySunday. Thank you and see you at the shelter! No man lives without jostling and being jostled; in all ways he has to elbow himself through the world, giving and receiving offence. ~Thomas Carlyle, Sir Walter Scott, in London and Westminster Review


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Resolve to Avoid Injury When Exercising This Year Of the millions of New Year's resolutions made each year, perhaps none is more repeated than the resolution to get in better shape. Each year, millions of people resolve to shed a few extra pounds or simply get healthier, with varying degrees of success. One of the ways to ensure the resolve to get healthier is successful is to exercise safely. Veteran athletes and seasoned professional trainers all note the importance of safety when it comes to exercise. Simply diving right into exercise can be a recipe for disaster, often leading to injury, especially for those people new to exercise or returning after a long layoff. For those who have resolved to get in better shape this season, consider the following exercise safety tips. * Don't push it. The body responds differently to exercise as it ages, and many people who were once exercise afficionados but stopped regularly exercising could likely make the mistake that they can still exercise as hard as they did in their youth. However, pushing it after a long layoff is potentially dangerous and could result in a number of injuries. While you might one day be able to return to form, initially it's best to take it easy. Stop exercising immediately if you begin to experience any of the following symptoms: - Dizziness - Nausea - Cold sweats - Muscle cramps - Pain or pressure in the chest (particularly left-chest or mid-chest) - Joint pain * Maintain proper breathing or cease exercising if you can't. Whenever exercising, you should be able to walk without gasping for breath. If you cannot breathe properly, stop exercising immediately. Once your system has rebounded and you begin to feel better, if you're going to return to your exercise regimen, simply tone it down, performing each exercise more slowly. * Stay hydrated. Staying hydrated throughout an exercise routine will increase flexibility and replace the water you lose by sweating. While some might feel this will counteract any weight loss, losing water weight is not the type of weight loss you should be aiming for. Be sure to drink lots of water before, during and after workouts. * Remember the wisdom of Mom and Dad. Nearly everyone who ever went to the beach as a child recalls Mom and Dad advising them to stay out of the water after eating. That same advice you heard as a child is still applicable today as an adult. While it's acceptable to go for a light walk after a small meal, avoid strenuous exercise for at least 2 hours after eating a big meal. * Wear appropriate attire. When working out, proper attire isn't whatever looks good on you. It's important to purchase sneakers that support weight-bearing activities and tops that promote movement but aren't too loose. If jogging outdoors, be sure to wear a knit cap in colder weather or a baseball cap in warmer temperatures. Both of these will help you maintain a proper body temperature and ward off harmful side effects such as cold, flu or sunburn. * Stretch, stretch, stretch. Professional athletes make their living with their bodies, and they stretch extensively before each and every game. Just because you don't earn a ballplayer's paycheck doesn't mean you can avoid stretching. Stretching helps prevent muscle pulls, strains and other injuries, so make sure an adequate stretching routine is a part of your workout. * Consult or hire a professional. Those who have had an extensive layoff from exercise might want to employ a personal trainer, at least until they get comfortable with a routine. In fact, many fitness clubs offer a handful of free personal training sessions to new members to ensure all members start off safe and avoid injury. Take advantage of such sessions if they're available. If not, hire one of the club's personal trainers, even if it's only for a few sessions, at the onset of your routine.

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Coffee and Conversation Program Back for 2010! Join us for Coffee and Conversation on Monday, March 29 from 1:002:00pm in the first floor conference room at the Meriden Senior Center. This month's program will be an "ode to spring" featuring spring poetry readings by prominent local authors Ruth Kahn and John Kenney. Coffee and refreshments will be served. This event is free and open to the public.

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WE CARE Family Outreach Activities - Wallingford WE CARE is beginning its spring 2010 activities with more playgroups and workshops. The playgroups are free and available to residents of Wallingford. Since the beginning of the WE CARE council {Wallingford Early Childhood Alliance Resource and Education] in 2002 thanks to a Discovery grant from the William Casper Graustein Memorial Fund of Hamden, CT the group has worked to improve the quality of early childhood programs in the community so that the overall well-being of each child would be enhanced. The work has underscored the importance of the relationship between parents and children. Parents are the first and most important teacher in a child's life. The playgroups that are offered underscore the importance of play and illustrate the key role of literacy in development. There are two playgroup opportunities offered by the WE CARE Council: the Playful Cruisers is offered at the WE CARE Family Resource Center in the Youth and Social Services department at 6 Fairfield Blvd {203-284-4019] several mornings each week. In addition Playful Cruisers is also offered one morning at the Wallingford Community Day Care Center, 80 Wharton Brook Drive. The second playgroup is Bebes Activos and is offered for the Spanish community. These sessions are held both at the Family Resource Center and at the Ulbrich Boys and Girls Club, 72 Grand Street. Play is the way children learn and it is one of the best ways for them to prepare for kindergarten. For more information call the WE CARE office: 203-284-4019. WE CARE will also launch its parent and teacher educational workshops again this spring. The programs are designed to help parents understand the development needs of their preschool child and to participate fully in this development. It is hard work but it is also fun and very rewarding. Some of the workshops are offered for the professional preschool teachers in the community. Wallingford is fortunate to have 24 licensed child care centers and 36

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Annual Plant Sale and Conservation Newsletter The Southwest Conservation District will be having the Annual Shrub and Perennial Plant Sale April 23th and 24th at Lockwood Farm in Hamden. Available are: Evergreen bare root seedlings, native as well as ornamental shrubs, and perennials. Plants to be featured are: variegated, fragrant, compact and/or suitable for wildlife as well as bird and butterfly gardens. Volunteer UCONN Certified Master Gardeners as well as North Haven, Daytime Gardeners and Wallingford Garden Club members will be on hand to assist the customers on site. Pre order forms are available from SWCD office at 900 Northrop Rd Suite A in Wallingford CT 06492. 203-2697509. Call for a Newsletter and order form. Email address: swcd43@sbcglobal.net. The Spring Plant Sale Newsletter will be on the District's website at www.conservect.org. Click on SWCD..then newsletters Also check Focus on Gardening Interactive Newsletter which features some of the plants as well as other gardening news. Photo by Ellie Tessmer Rudbeckia

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Did you know that the average adult spends eight and a half hours in front of a computer and/or television screen every day? Our children are not too far behind - they spend an average of 6 hours a day in front of a screen. Add mobile phones and video games to that and the numbers for both adults and children can rise up to 12 hours a day! The Meriden Health Department, in honor of March being "Save Your Vision" month, would like to remind residents of all ages that this is a perfect time to review how spending long hours in front of a computer screen can have a negative effect on our eye health. Whether you spend your entire work day on the computer or use it for leisure-time activities such as updating your Facebook status and shopping online, people who sit in front of a computer for long periods of time can experience headaches, neck strain, backaches and wrist pain. The most common symptoms of prolonged computer use are eye strain, blurred vision and dry eye. Here are some simple tips that will help you protect your eyes while on your computer: * If possible, decrease your time spent at the computer. Ideally it is best to rest your eyes every 20 minutes if you plan on being in front of the computer for a long period of time. This could be as easy as turning off your monitor and getting up from your desk. * Rearrange your desk so that your monitor is below eye level, about 20 to 28 inches away from your face. Cut the glare by changing your lighting or rearranging your desk to cut down the glare from a window. * Be kind to your eyes - wear glasses that are designed for the computer, blink forcefully and often to keep your eyes moist, and apply eye drops to your eyes to reduce dry eye if needed. * Change your computer settings to best fit your eye vision. Increase the font size and brightness of the screen if needed. You only have one set of eyes - take care of them! These tips can help to reduce eye problems and ensure more comfortable and enjoyable computer use. Contact your eye doctor for more information. Sources: American Optometric Association, WebMD. Article written by Theresa Holda, Intern, Meriden Health Department

Eagles at Hanover Pond Life along the Q River… An Update from the Quinnipiac River Watershed Association For awhile now a pair of mature, bald eagles, along with an occasional juvenile, has been spending time at Hanover Pond in South Meriden. On any given day they can be seen in the large trees on the island in the center of the pond, or else in the many big trees along the edge of the water. Most of the time they are just looking over the area, but every now and then you can see them in action, swooping down into the pond in search of a meal. Other times you can see them gliding on the thermal currents, floating over Hanover Pond with such ease. The bald eagle is our national symbol and has been struggling for survival for the past fifty years. Loss of their habitat and the use of the pesticide, DDT resulted in severely depleted the eagles' numbers. The American Bald eagle was placed on the 'Endangered' species list and was moved to 'Threatened' in July of 1995 and through conservation and repopulation efforts was taken off the list in June of 2007. The female, who is about 13 pounds with a wingspan of up to seven feet, is usually 25% bigger than the male, who, by contrast, is about 9 pounds with a five and a half foot wingspan. They have the trademark bald head, which is actually white feathers, with yellow talons and hooked beak and that takes about four years to achieve maturity, with a lifespan of twenty years. According to QRWA President, Ginny Chirsky, "Because of the tremendous efforts to restore the Quinnipiac River throughout the state, Hanover Pond has now become a feeding ground for the eagles, who feed primarily on fish, small animals and water fowl. These big, beautiful birds would not hang around if there was not a substantial food source, which is a result of cleaner water." Both eagles may not be there for long. Bald eagles mate for life and in CT courtship begins in January. With any luck they will be nesting one to three eggs, usually two, that will a hatch sometime in April to May. Their nest, which is called an aerie, is quite large and estimated at five feet wide by 2 feet deep. The nest needs a large and strong tree to sustain the weight of the nest and eagles. Large branches are used to make the nest and it is lined with twigs, grass, and moss. One bird sits on the eggs all the time to keep them warm while the other scouts for food. Both parents will take turn feed the baby eagles, which are called eaglets, a diet of mostly fish, which is eaten by the parent and regurgitated into the mouths of their young. When the babies are about three months old they will begin to fly and search for their own food. They will stay in the nest until the end of the summer and then leave to find their own feeding area. According to Mary Mushinsky, "In 2007, we celebrated the first record of bald eagles nesting on the Quinnipiac River in North Haven. They raised two young. The following year, the eagles abandoned the nest upon the start of construction for the North Haven Commons shopping mall." Mushinsky continues, "QRWA volunteers have participated in eagle counts in prior years, and our paddle program interns, along with local residents, have enjoyed the presence of 2 juvenile eagles for the last 2 summers at Hanover Pond." "Bald eagles in the Quinnipiac River watershed are a beautiful sight to see and give us hope for the future," adds Peter Picone, CT DEP Wildlife Specialist and QRWA board member. As stewards of the environment we ask you to observe these birds from a distance so as not to disturb them. This is especially true for the nesting areas, as the eagles just want to protect and care for their young. If we respect them, their feeding and nesting areas, these eagles will hopefully consider Hanover Pond their home for a long, long time. Upcoming QRWA Events -April is a busy month with the Annual Fish Stocking at Red Bridge, usually the 3rd week in April just prior to Opening Day for Fishing Season on the 17th. QRWA, along with the Meriden Land Trust and Meriden Conservation Commission will be at the Daffodil Festival at Hubbard Park, April 24-25. Earth Day Celebrations with take place in Hamden and North Haven both on April 24. Please check the website for specific dates and times. The Quinnipiac River Watershed Association (QRWA) is a 501c3 organization whose mission is to restore the Quinnipiac for the health and enjoyment of all citizens and communities along its reach and to educate all students, families, individuals, businesses and governments to be informed stewards of the river. We provide water activities, events in education, outreach, advocacy, scientific monitoring, conservation, restoration, recreation and public access to the watershed area. To learn more about the QRWA and future events please visit our website at www.qrwa.org. Thank you for your support and remember your donations are tax deductable.

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Tackling Childhood Obesity Obesity is now among one of the most widespread medical problems for children and adolescents. The American Obesity Association reports that about 15 percent of adolescents (aged 12 to 19 years) and children (aged 6 to 11 years) are obese in the United States. Doctors say that obesity among children is one of the country's greatest health challenges. Many health care providers define obesity in a child as weighing 20 percent or more over the healthy range. The percentage of body weight that is fat is also a good indicator of obesity. Boys over 25 percent fat and girls over 32 percent fat are considered obese. Childhood obesity puts youngsters at risk of being overweight adults. It also presents risk factors for other serious health concerns, such as heart disease, stroke and diabetes. Overweight children can also experience psychological side effects. Bullying and teasing by peers may lead to poor self worth and even depression. Some experts believe that breastfeeding and delaying solid foods for infants can help prevent obesity. Teaching children how to eat healthfully as they age is another way to promote healthy weight. Here are some additional suggestions: * Limit the time spent watching television, playing video games and surfing the Internet to no more than 7 hours per week. * Encourage physical activity, such as sports leagues or simply playing outdoors with neighborhood friends. * Set a good example by limiting the fattening foods you eat. Make healthy meals a family affair. * Many people overlook the extra caloric intake of sodas and other soft drinks, not to mention the amount of sugar in these drinks. Serve water whenever possible. * Have children avoid snacking or eating while watching television. They may eat subconsciously while distracted by the show -- and consequently eat much more than is recommended. * Exercise as a family. Get outside and take walks, ride bicycles or swim. If exercise is done together, it's more likely to be continued. * According to statistics, only one-third of students have regular physical activity at school. Speak to school officials about having more physical fitness incorporated into students' schedules. * Pack your child's lunch so he is less likely to rely on processed or fast foods. * Regular health checkups can determine if your child is in a healthy weight range. Doctors have the equipment to most accurately measure body mass index (BMI). You can also roughly calculate it at home: Multiply the child's weight in pounds by 705. Then divide by the child's height in inches. Divide this by the height in inches again.

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"Sheltering an Animal's Perspective" by Gregory M. Simpson Have you ever felt drawn to another time and place you have never visited? As a reluctant traveler, there are no places I desire to visit, save one - Egypt, more specifically, Bubastis, the site of the ancient temple of the cat goddess, Bastet. Today, it is called Tell Basta and is in the eastern delta. The Cat in Ancient Egypt, by Jaromir Malek, describes that the earliest known remains of a cat in ancient Egypt come from the period before 4,000 B.C. Here the bones of a man were unearthed who had been buried with a cat, perhaps his pet. Mummified cats do not appear before the first millennium B.C. My favorite birthday outing is to visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art in Manhattan to view these cat mummies and other Egyptian antiquities. My wife patiently lets me marvel - or shall I say obsess - over my "connection" to these artifacts from thousands of years ago. Cats stand alone as the animal that domesticated itself. As it moved first into communities and then into homes to kill rodents which threatened grain supplies, it became a beloved pet, and eventually a deity. The mutually beneficial relationship between cats and people dates back to 4000-2000 B.C. By 2000-1000 B.C., the cat was fully domesticated as a companion animal in the Egyptian household. Besides statues, they were depicted on many items, including necklaces, vase handles, rattles, amulets, cosmetic jars, pins, and plaques. Any likeness of Bastet, the cat goddess, was believed to bring good luck. By 1000 - 350 A.D., cats were seen as manifestations of certain deities, especially Bastet, and cats were bred in large quantities in temple catteries. Bastet, or Bast, as she was also called, was a goddess believed to respond to personal situations and crises related to healing, intuition, protection, joy, pleasure, fertility, generosity, marriage, sensuality, and sexuality. It was during the Ptolemaic period of 332-30 B.C. that the cat's popularity reached its peak in Egypt, where it was a familiar sight in most homes. Its popularity surpassed that of any other animal. Egyptians' love of cats, and belief in the divinity of even household felines, was shown in many ways. The Greek historian, Herodotus, wrote that when an Egyptian house caught fire, those who lived there were more concerned about their cat's safety than their possessions. He also noted that when a cat died, the inhabitants of a house would shave their eyebrows in mourning. Family members lamented loudly for hours. The cat would then be either embalmed and buried or placed in a sarcophagus, depending on the wealth of its owners. Cat cemeteries throughout Egypt date from 900 B.C. and it is estimated that hundreds of thousands, if not millions of cats, are buried there. When Herodotus visited Egypt in the mid-fifth century B.C., he found that anyone who intentionally killed a cat was put to death. Even an accidental killing was punished by whatever penalty the temple priests selected. Anyone finding a dead cat in the street would avoid it, for fear of being suspected in its death. In 59 B.C., a visiting Roman accidentally killed a cat with his chariot and was lynched by an angry mob. Even the intercession of Egyptian King Ptolemy could not save him. It was told that the Persian conqueror, Cambyses, shielded his troops in battle with cats, resulting in the Egyptians losing a key battle for fear of harming the cats. Thousands of years later, the cat still fares well in Egypt, where people are fond of cats and mostly treat them kindly. There are established charities to care for cats, the best known being that of the Sultan Baibars (1260-1277 A.D.), who left a garden near his mosque for the upkeep of Cairo cats. The streaks of yellow and cream fur of the Egyptian cat are described as the marks left when the Prophet Mohammed stroked it. It is said that he cut off a sleeve of his cloak rather than disturb a sleeping cat. For most of my life, I have been fascinated with Egypt and dedicated to the welfare of cats. Could it be that my devotion is the result of an earlier life in ancient Egypt? If you believe in reincarnation, it just may be so. 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.

25th Annual Franciscan Sports Banquet and Silent Auction The 25th Annual Franciscan Sports Banquet and Silent Auction will be held on Tuesday, June 1, 2010, at the Aqua Turf Club, Plantsville, Connecticut. The special anniversary celebration will feature many famous sports figures including

MidState Medical Center Emergency Department recognized for patient satisfaction MidState Medical Center was recently recognized by Press Ganey, Inc., an independent organization who works with more than 7,000 healthcare facilities across the nation, for its significant improvements in patient satisfaction with the Emergency Department. The significant increase reflects responses to patient satisfaction surveys from October through December 2009. Lucille Janatka, MidState President & CEO, presented Emergency Department leadership and staff with a certificate of recognition on Tuesday, March 2nd, the same day operations were transferred to the hospital's brand new Emergency Department. The certificate will be on display in the new space. Pictured left to right are: Fred Tilden, MD, medical director, Emergency Department; Dave Cusick, RN, nurse manager, Emergency Department; Lynn Faria, Director, Community Relations & Community Wellness; Lynn Amarante, RN, Director, Cardiac Service Line; Sue McGaughan, RN, nursing director, Emergency Department; Suzanne Casey, RN; Nurse Educator, Clinical Professional Development; Thomas Holmes, MD, Emergency Department; and Gary Tickey, MD, Emergency Department.

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SPEND SOME QUALITY TIME AT THE MERIDEN PUBLIC LIBRARY DURING SPRING VACATION WEEK In Celebration of National Library Week and Spring Vacation Week, Meriden Public Library will be presenting children's programs for all ages. On Tuesday April 13th at 10:30 AM. Come party, dance,and sing along with "Harry Gambardella". Harry brings his own party and you will sure to have a great time! On Wednesday April 14 at 11:00 AM. Watch in amazement, smile and laugh along with Meriden's own "Willy The Clown". Tickets will be available on April 1st. Stop by the Children's Library to pick up your tickets or call us for more information at (203) 630-6347.

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Phase One of MidState Medical Center's New Emergency Department and Building Expansion Project Complete MidState Medical Center is pleased to announce that the first phase of its $45 million expansion project is complete. With a new Emergency Department that has increased from 10,200 square feet to 23,300 square feet, new main entrance and lobby area, and additional inpatient unit, the project as a whole will add approximately 100,000 square feet of space to the hospital by September. The new Emergency Department (ED) has been designed to provide patients with greater convenience and comfort, delivering quality, patient-focused service that allows for the most optimal patient experience. Additionally, the state-ofthe-art design and technological capabilities provide clinical staff with a more efficient working environment to care for patients. Enhanced features of the new ED include all private treatment spaces, an 11-bed Assessment Unit, private Behavioral Health Unit, and a dedicated and centrally located Radiology suite. As the hospital moves into phase two of construction, the existing ED will be renovated and connected to the new department. After phase two of the project is complete in September, a full capacity of 53 treatment spaces will be available for patients needing care. In addition, MidState's new main entrance showcases a covered patient drop-off area and impressive lobby with a soothing water feature. Our newest inpatient unit, Pavilion E, adds 14 beds for increased patient care. During the immediate transitional phase, additional Security officers and Volunteers will be on hand to direct patients and visitors. The expansion of the hospital's physical capacity, as well as the additional services offered, are evidence of MidState's continued commitment to provide the community with the highest standards of care.

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By Diana Lewis Chapter 1 Josie Foster raced across the meadow with her brother, Mark right behind her. "That's not fair," he hollered as he galloped up beside her. "You left too quick." "You're just a slow poke as usual," stated Josie. They arrived at the barn as a wagon pulled up in their driveway. Pa wasn't home so Mark dropped his horses reins and went to see the stranger. "I'm looking for Miss Josephine Foster," said the stranger. "And who are you?" asked Mark. "My name Jacob Hammond. Is she available for me to speak with her?" Josie had heard everything that the man had said and she walked forward. "I am Josephine Foster. How can I help you," she asked. He looked at her up and down because of the way she was dressed, with men's pants and shirt. "I would like to have a private word with you, if I may." Curious about what he wanted to talk about she nodded and led the way to the house. Mark wanted to object but he knew it would be no use with his sister, He was curious as well but he's have to wait for her to tell him what it was all about. "Come, we can use my father's office." They stepped in and shut the door, "Is your father not here?" "No, he's away on a cattle drawn. He won't be expected back till sometime next week." "Did he ever tell you that you were adopted?" "Adopted? No, why?" He handed her a copy of her adoption papers and she looked at them. At first she didn't want to believe it but with the adoption papers in her hands, she had to believe it. "Because you were and your adopted mother has been looking for you for quite sometime. She would like to see you, if you will see her." "Is she planning to come here?" "If you'd like or I could take you to her." "Where is she?" "In Idaho, at the moment, on her way here but she lives in Montana." "When will she be here?" "It shouldn't be more than a week for her to get here." Josie didn't know what to think about all this. She was adopted by Frank Foster and now her birth mother wanted to see her. And with Papa being away, she knew he wouldn't approve of this meeting. Maybe she should meet this woman herself. "I think it might be best if I went to greet her as she comes, because if she comes when my father returns, there might be problems and I don't want that. What are her plans when we do meet?" "She would like you to return to Montana with her if you would consider it." "Alright, what should I bring with me?" "That depends on whether you want to go to Montana or not." "Montana sounds intriguing. I probably will." "Then bring whatever you don't want to leave behind. I just need to know how much it is so I get enough wagons and drivers." "I guess two should be plenty. I'll not bring anything that isn't definitely mine." "How long do you need to get ready to leave?" "I think I can be ready to leave tomorrow." "Ten o'clock alright with you?" "Fine, everything will be ready." They rose from the chairs and Josie escorted Mr. Hammond to the door. "What's going on?" cried Mark. "I'll be leaving in the morning," she simply stated. "Leaving? What are you talking about?" "Mark, did you know I was adopted?" "No, that man told you that?" "Yes, and he showed me the adoption papers. I'm going to see my birth mother." "Are you coming back?" "Probably not. She wants me to go to Montana with her." "What's Pa going to think?" "Well, I'm hurt with him for not telling me I was adopted and I'm eighteen years old, so he can't really stop me from leaving." "So, what do you want me to tell him when he comes back and you're gone." "Nothing, I will write him a letter and you can give it to him when he gets home." she stated. "But I need to get busy so I can be ready to leave in the morning." She walked up the stairs to her room. She found a carpet bag in the closet and started packing her belongings. She pulled out a couple trunks that she spotted in the basement and brought them up and filled them as well. She found some empty boxes u in the attic and filled them as well. She brought open her piggy bank where she's been saving every penny she got. She counted $200. That would help her get started where she was going. Look for Chapter 2 in our next issue

Bear Silent Auction Hi Friends, It is my pleasure to announce our upcoming Bear Silent Auction to raise funds for the Salvation Army in Meriden! A free bear will be available at the end of February for those who wish to dress a bear for the auction. Call or email us to request your bear or for more information! Thanks for you assistance in spreading the news! In His Service, Captain Maria Stephenson Corps Officer/Pastor Meriden Corps Tel: 203-235-6532 Fax: 203-639-0422 I think I've discovered the secret of life - you just hang around until you get used to it. ~Charles Schulz


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The Greater Meriden Chamber of Commerce

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The Greater Meriden Chamber's Marketing Committee has embarked on an exciting new testimonial campaign! The first of many testimonial boards was on display in the beginning of February at Meriden Schools Federal Credit Union chili cook off! Keep your eyes peeled for these boards that will be on display in different member locations throughout the area! We are looking forward to displaying them all at the Chamber's 114th Annual Meeting on Thursday, April 8th at MountainRidge! Speaking of the Annual Meeting, Dinner & Silent Auction, we'd like to congratulate the following businesses and individuals who will be recognized that evening with awards: The recipient of the Eighteenth Annual Community Partnership Award, recognized for their extraordinary commitments to the Meriden Community is Larry Pelletier. - The recipient of the Fourteenth Annual Large Business Leadership Award recognized for outstanding private sector leadership in the Meriden Business Community is the Four Points Sheraton Meriden. - The recipient of the Ninth Annual Small Business Leadership Award recognized for outstanding private sector leadership in the Meriden Business Community is Bongiovanni Insurance & Financial, LLC. - The Greater Meriden Chamber of Commerce is also pleased to announce that they will be awarding $8,000 to Meriden students in the form of the Sanford S. Shorr Education Awards. The students who were selected include: Returning College Student: Amber Jones (former Platt High School Graduate attending the Oral Roberts University); Lauren Andrea Gomez (graduating senior at Platt); Amanda Rivers (graduating senior at Platt); Ian T. Stankiewicz (graduating senior at Maloney). The Hispanic Member Outreach Committee of the Chamber raised funds for an additional 3 awards this year and the following students were selected for that award: Prisca Maebry (graduating senior at Mercy); Heather M. Vicenty (graduating senior at Sacred Heart); and Gabriella Reyes (graduating senior at Maloney). The Young Business Leaders group of the Chamber has raised funds for 1 Dan M. Hunter Community Service award this year which will be presented to Christina Ward (graduating senior at Platt). We look forward to sharing MANY photos with you in the next issue - but the event IS OPEN to everyone in the community. Keep checking www.meridenchamber.com for pricing information, silent auction items, program time, format and more! Become a FAN of Greater Meriden Chamber on Facebook! Join the over 100 Facebook Friends who are already FANS of the Greater Meriden Chamber! The Greater Meriden Chamber of Commerce is located at 3 Colony Street, Suite 301, Meriden, CT 06451. Ph.: 203.235.7901 / Fx.: 203.686.0172. Visit www.meridenchamber.com or email: info@meridenchamber.com

The CT Autism Spectrum Resource Center in Wallingford, a non profit organization, is hosting its fourth annual Run for Autism on Sunday, May 2, 2010. This 5K Run will take place on the private running field at Choate Rosemary Hall HS in Wallingford, 8:30 AM . Cash prize of $100 for the top overall finisher. High School students can attain community service hours by soliciting donations and competing in the race.Fee: $30 adults, $15 students through grade 12. Registration form can be obtained by visiting our website, www.ctautismwalk.com

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HELPING HANDS THRIFT STORE HELPING HANDS THRIFT STORE IS CELEBRATING OUR 2ND YEAR ANNIVERSARY IN MARCH! OUR THANKS TO ALL THAT HAVE SHOWN THEIR SUPPORT THROUGH THEIR DONATIONS, SERVICES AND PURCHASES. WE HAVE ALL MADE A DIFFERENCE IN THE LIVES OF OTHERS IN NEED IN THE COMMUNITY AS WELL AS THE CHRYSALIS INC. FOR VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE. STOP IN MARCH 11TH(ON OUR ANNIVERSARY) AND ENJOY A PIECE OF CAKE, FREE GIFTS FOR THE CHILDREN PLUS TAKE 20% OFF ANYTHING IN THE STORE PRICED OVER $2.00! OTHER SALES HAPPENING IN MARCH ON THE FOLLOWING DATES: WEDNESDAY MARCH 17TH- ST. PATRICKS DAYALL PAPERBACK BOOKS BUY 1 GET 1 FREE. VIDEOS ALL 50 CENTS EACH ALL SMALL HOUSEHOLD APPLIANCES PRICED OVER $2.00 ARE 20% OFF! PLUS OUR REGULAR $5.00 BAG DAY SALE ON UNTAGGED CLOTHING THURSDAY MARCH 18TH- 20% OFF ALL JEWELRY PRICED OVER $2.00 ALL GLASSWARE, KNICK KNACKS PRICED OVER $2.00 ARE 20% OFF! THURSDAY MARCH 25TH- BUY 1 GET 1 HALF OFF ON ALL BRAND NEW DIFFERENT DEPARTMENT STORE TAGGED CLOTHING. ALL PICTURES PRICED OVER $2.00 HALF OFF! REMEMBER EVERY WEDNESDAY IS FILL A BAG WITH CLOTHING(EXCEPTIONS DO APPLY) FOR ONLY $5.00 WITH NO LIMIT ON HOW MANY BAGS YOU CAN PURCHASE! WE ARE LOCATED AT 22 NORTH TURNPIKE ROAD IN WALLINGFORD. WE GLADLY ACCEPT CASH, VISA, DEBIT OR MASTERCARD. OUR STORE HOURS ARE TUESDAY- SATURDAY 9A.M.- 5P.M.. DONATIONS OF FURNITURE OR LARGE APPLIANCES IN GOOD, CLEAN WORKING CONDITION ARE IN NEED AND LOCAL PICK UPS ARE AVAILABLE FREE OF CHARGE.OUR TRUCK DRIVER WILL HAVE THE LAST SAY IF AN ITEM WILL BE ACCEPTED. DONATIONS ARE ALSO ACCEPTED AT THE STORE BASED ON AVAILABLE ROOM AND MUST BE BROUGHT TO THE STORE BY 4P.M. PLEASE CALL AHEAD FIRST. WE ARE NO LONGER ACCEPTING WINTER CLOTHING. PLEASE REMEMBER US WHEN YOU ARE NO LONGER IN NEED OF OUTSIDE PLAY TOYS, BIKES, WAGONS, OUTSIDE FURNITURE OR OTHER SPRING/SUMMER ITEMS. WATCH FOR OUR APRIL BARGAINS IN THE PEOPLES PRESS IN APRIL!

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5 Ways to Banish Stress Feeling a bit stressed these days? You're not alone. According to the American Psychological Association (APA), two-thirds of all visits to a family physician are stressrelated. While stress may seem like something with which everyone must cope, it's actually a very real medical condition and one that should be taken seriously. Stress can be linked to many major causes of death -- heart disease, cancer, lung ailments, accidents, cirrhosis of the liver, and suicide. According to HowStuffWorks.com, when under stress your brain sends messages to your body to release certain hormones, such as adrenaline and cortisol. The hormones cause your heart rate and blood pressure to rise, your muscles to tense up and your breathing to become short and shallow. Your digestive and immune systems shut down so that you can focus all your body's energy on the task at hand. Because the entire body can be affected by stress, it's difficult to pinpoint one symptom that can be indicative of the condition. Headaches, bodily aches and pains, insomnia, anxiety, etc. --all of these symptoms may be traced back to stress. Stress can affect personal and professional lives. Sixty-two percent of Americans say work has a significant impact on stress levels, according to the APA, and job insecurity is a major factor. In light of mass layoffs and economic uncertainty, job stress has taken on even greater impact. So how does one handle stress? Here are some suggestions for remaining calm. 1. Visualization: Many people find meditation or positive visualization a good way to tame stress. Envision a calm and peaceful place and take yourself there whenever you feel stress coming on. Even quietly chanting that the situation will pass soon can help calm nerves. 2. Remove yourself from the stressful situation: When possible, get away from the stress for a few moments. For example, if a work report is causing you to tear your hair out, leave the office, take a brief stroll and grab a snack. Coming back to the task rested and calm may bring a new perspective. This can also work for a parent agitated by a child. Instead of putting the child in a "time out," put yourself in one instead. Find a quiet spot (even a bathroom) and take a few deep breaths. 3. Try exercise: Exercise can be very good at pumping endorphins through the body, which provide a feel-good sensation. Exercise can also work the tension out of the body and give your mind something else to think about. 4. Do something you enjoy: Maybe you enjoy the pampering of a massage or pedicure, or the thrill of being out on the golf course. Turn your mind to a task you enjoy and take some time out to do it. A life balanced by work and enjoyable activities could be less stressful. 5. Talk to a doctor: Some bio-feedback or counseling may guide you through ways to alleviate stress. A family physician may also think it's a good idea to prescribe medication, primarily if stress is short-term from a traumatic event. You can work with doctors to develop a program that works for you and your overall health. Stress is something everyone experiences, but can be managed with a variety of techniques. Life is a great big canvas, and you should throw all the paint on it you can. ~Danny Kaye Life is like a beautiful melody, only the lyrics are messed up. ~Author Unknown

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Next STEPs: Support and Training for Educators and Parents Wednesday evenings: March 17th, 24th, 17th and April 7th from 6:00pm until 9:00pm at the Child Guidance Clinic, Inc located at 384 Pratt Street, Meriden, CT 06450-8627. WANTED: PARENTS OF CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS! Do you need help understanding your child's special education program? Would you like to help others learn about special education? The Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center (CPAC) is bringing our Next STEPs parent training series to Meriden. This training will help parents navigate the special education system and develop their skills to effectively participate in developing their child's educational program. Once trained, parents may choose to volunteer to be part of CPAC's statewide network of Parent Advisors. If you are interested in registering for this program please call CPAC at 1800-445-2722 or email cpac@cpacinc.org. Parents committed to increasing their knowledge of special education and becoming active participants in the educational planning for their children are encouraged to register. The Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center, Inc. (CPAC) is a statewide nonprofit organization that offers information and support to families of children with any disability or chronic illness, birth through age 21. It is CPAC's mission to support families in their efforts on behalf of their children with disabilities. Life is like a coin. You can spend it any way you wish, but you only spend it once. ~Lillian Dickson

Jim Backes Memorial Golf Tournament The Wallingford Rotary is hosting its 21st annual Jim Backes Memorial Golf Tournament on Monday, May 24th at The Farms Country Club in Wallingford. 100% of the proceeds will benefit the Wallingford Foundation, the charitable arm of the Wallingford Rotary Club. Over several years the Wallingford Foundation has donated to many local community organizations, including the Children's Reference Room at the Wallingford Library, the Ulbrich Boys and Girls Club, Master's Manna, the YMCA Teen House, the Thanksgiving Community Day Dinner, the Homeless Shelter and the Fuel Assistance Program, just to name a few. The outreach of the Wallingford Foundation has also touched the international community and shipped an ambulance, generator and medical supplies to the Good Samaritan Hospital in the Dominican Republic. For information regarding the golf tournament, contact jonathan.kaplan@edwardjones.com

WALLINGFORD JUNIOR WOMAN'S CLUB ANNOUNCES 3rd ANNUAL TOUCH-A-TRUCK EVENT - TRUCKS WANTED The Wallingford Junior Woman's Club will sponsor its 3rd Annual Touch-a-Truck on May 22 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Toyota Presents Oakdale Theatre, and trucks are needed. This is a hands-on activity for children and parents to experience their favorite big trucks up close by climbing into the driver's seat, honking the horn, and pretending to steer. WJWC invites local truck owners to provide trucks for display and touching. Truck owners must provide a current certificate of insurance, a truck attendant at all times, and a truck that may be touched and/or sat in. Truck owners may distribute family-friendly promotional materials with WJWC approval. For more information, please call Ann Whitman, WJWC Touch-a-Truck Committee Co-Chairwoman, at 203-2842376. The Wallingford Junior Woman's Club (WJWC) is a 501(c) (3) tax-exempt organization, and a member of the Connecticut Junior Women, Inc. www.cjw.org. The Meriden Fire Department Local 1148 would like to remind everyone that Sunday March 14th at 2:00 am is the end of Daylight Saving Time. Don't forget to change your clocks an hour ahead and change the batteries in your smoke detectors. Working smoke detectors save lives!

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Beth Israel Invites the Community to Free 2nd Night Seder Beth Israel will again host its wildly popular free 2nd night seder on March 30th at 6:00 P.M., open to the Jewish community. Last year's mouth-watering meals were better than any restaurant. The atmosphere was festive, friendly and educational. Many new friends were made - young and old. Please make reservations early - our room can only seat 80 and last year we had to turn people away. Please contact Mimi Bloch at 203-949-0651 or by email to mimibloch@aol.com to make your reservation. This will be a free event (donations are always welcome). Beth Israel Synagogue Reaches Out to Ashlar Village In January of 2010 Beth Israel congregants Beryl and Mimi Bloch began leading monthly Shabbat services at Ashlar Village in Wallingford. "The program has been very well received by the residents," says Mrs. Bloch. "As the majority of the residents there no longer have their cars and have not had the chance to attend Jewish Services in quite some time, they were very appreciative of our being there. Beryl and I have made the commitment to continue to lead the services there as long as the residents are willing to attend." The next service at Ashlar Village will be held on March 12th at 2:00 P.M. "Judaica Exchange" for Guatemalan Jews Do you have any extra Judaica and ritual objects looking for a good home? A fledgling congregation in Guatemala City called Casa Hillel can put them to good use -- and Beth Israel Synagogue in Wallingford is helping them out. Casa Hillel is a small synagogue composed of a few families that have embraced Judaism as Jews-by-choice. Its story was highlighted in Hadassah magazine in 2008: http://tinyurl.com/as2mx4 Spearheading this collection effort is Rabbi Jacques Cukierkorn - the multi-lingual spiritual leader of the New Reform Temple in Kansas City - who is mentoring Casa Hillel and other small congregations across Latin America. He calls this donation program the "Judaica Exchange." Here are a few words from Rabbi Cukierkorn: This program came into existence out of the need of developing congregations in Central and South America to get Judaica for their use in observing Jewish holidays and rituals. Many of the people I work with either don't have the financial means or sometimes even the possibility of buying Judaica. Since many of them are Jews by choice, they also do not have Jewish family heirlooms. Thus, I came up with the idea of asking people to donate their unwanted new or used Judaica objects. When I travel to Latin America, I carry these items with me and they are very much appreciated. I suggest that you avoid collecting any breakable items and items that use electricity because they will not work over there. Also, please don't send books that are not in Spanish. The best way to get the items to the people that need them, I must carry them with me on my flight. The cost is $100 per bag/box from the airline. If you are able to help defray that cost, it would be most appreciated. Sincerely, Rabbi Jacques Cukierkorn rabbi94@hotmail.com www.rabbicukierkorn.com Donated items may be dropped off at Beth Israel Synagogue. For further info, feel free to contact Deb Nason, Beth Israel Synagogue, dnason@c4sb.com, 203-414-1600

2010 Memorial Day Parade To all, This is the first reminder for the 2010 Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony for the City of Meriden. I want you to put it on your calendar now and save the date to pay honor to our deceased Veterans. Who: The United Veterans Council of Meriden, CT and the 2010 Memorial Day Parade Committee What: 2010 Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony............ Parade theme this year is "The Forgotten War?", a tribute to the Korean War and its' Veterans Where: Parade will form up at Washington Park on Liberty Street and the adjoining area side streets between 9:00 and 9:59 a.m. Parade route is West on Liberty St. turning left onto Cottage St., continuing to East Main St.turning right and continuing westward down to the Meriden City Hall area. A Memorial Day. Service (45 minutes) of ceremony, patriotic music, speeches and prayer will commence at 11:00 or immediately following the parade. When: MONDAY, May 31, 2010, Parades steps of at 10:00 a.m. sharp. and Why: to pay honor to our deceased Veterans. Originally Memorial Day was designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village, and hamlet churchyard in the land. In this observance no form or ceremony is prescribed, but posts and comrades will in their own way arrange such fitting services and testimonials of respect as circumstances may permit. Please alert all of the good citizens of Meriden and South Meriden, all of the Civic groups, the Churches and all of the Schools, Public and Parochial, Girl Scouts of America and the Boy Scouts of America of this important free event. Our committee will be attempting to contact as many of these personnel as possible over the coming 5 months. Please feel free to spread this invite to all that you come into contact. PS: Volunteers are needed on the committee and can contact me on my cell 203 631 3906 or can email me your contact information. Life does not cease to be funny when people die any more than it ceases to be serious when people laugh. ~George Bernard Shaw, The Doctor's Dilemma, 1906


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Our Mother Alyssa Duffourc Mountains crumbling Skies falling Earth cracking What is happening To our mother earth and the people she cares for No one knows why she is angry Oh, But I do, We have hurt our mother earth, Now she is dying Ice melting People Dying Children hurting

People crying Too much hurt Too much pain STOP! Stop the hurting Stop the crying Save our mother Save our home Help our mother! We are the only ones who can So what will you do? Please don't let her wilt Don't leave her to die. Save our mother For I know that I shall try

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Students from the Interact Club and the International and Global Assistance Club from Choate Rosemary Hall HS in Wallingford collected donations at their school, and presented checks in the amount of $2,530 to the Wallingford Rotary's Haitian relief efforts, and $400 for the Rotary's End Polio Now program. In picture, from Left: Students Peam Chiaravanond, Stephen Lartey, Wallingford Rotary President Craig Fishbein, Nicole Adler, Rotary District Governor Colin Gershon and Mary Pashley, Director of Community Service, Choate Rosemary Hall HS.

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How to "Reset Your Metabolism" forever. As we age your metabolism slows down; because of that the aging process begins with your hair, skin & body function including unstable sugar levels high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and most importantly unhealthy and dangerous weight gain. Dr. Donald Layman, the father of metabolism with over 90 peer papers and studies helped develop a patented system called Metaboliq. It is based on the concept of macrobalance-eating the right proportions of high-quality proteins, smart carbohydrates and intelligent portions of friendly fats. Getting these portions correctly balanced will forever stabilize your blood sugar, reduce typical energy crashes, eliminate cravings and halt hunger pangs.** Your body is an amazing bio-machine that requires fuel to run. Although it has the ability to extract energy from a large variety of foods or "fuels," the diet choices you make have a major impact on how well your body operates. Unfortunately, most of us are working against ourselves by relying far too much on foods high in carbohydrates, which do allow our bodies to survive, but not thrive in a healthy manner. Our bodies are not designed for carbohydrates to be a primary source of fuel in the long-term. In fact, carbohydrate-rich diets have some significant unintended negative health consequences: " They often create a hyper-insulin response leading to large blood sugar fluctuations-creating cravings, crashes and hypoglycemia. " They cause our bodies to store fat continuously. " They increase inflammatory conditions that lead to chronic health diseases. " They may lead to syndrome X and early diabetes, and that's just the beginning. Your body's ideal macrobalance blend-the vital balance of carbs, fats and proteins create and maintain your best health. Using the principles of Dr. Layman's findings, the right system will help you rapidly achieve your macrobalance requirements and ultimately allow your body to rapidly re-establish its healthy baseline, reset your internal metabolic program and restart your physiological functioning. While it's not just about weight loss, it's absolutely critical you lose the right weight-weight from fat and not from active tissues like muscles or organs. Many programs achieve dramatic weight loss, but it's not healthy or sustainable. Often times dramatic weight loss is simply water weight or even muscle deterioration. The Metaboliq system is about improving your body's ability to function and achieve optimal health. Weight loss will occur, but many other aspects of your health will also improve. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and is a critical component to your success in the system. Most people get this meal wrong by eating too many carbs. It's important to remember that your food choices each morning will determine if your body will store or burn fat. In addition, your breakfast choices help determine whether you'll feel hungry or satisfied, tired or energized. Even if you're on the go, you can still get the nutrients and fuel your body needs to energize itself. There is more to weight loss than losing weight. The most important meal of the day (breakfast) sets the tone for the rest of the day. When the body is satisfied and functioning at optimum levels, it will give you the energy to perform your daily tasks and enhance brain function as well. Learn to train your body to burn fat. Breakfast can start the day at almost any time, but the first meal determines the timing for all other meals. Eating regularly keeps your metabolism going and gives you the energy you need, while preventing you from over-indulging at any one meal. Fluids are an important part of weight control, and water is always the best choice. All other fluids must be used carefully. Often the body confuses the signals for hunger with the signals for thirst. This can lead to eating excess calories when really your body wants fluids. Likewise, the body often mistakes fluids like soda, juice and coffee for food, which stimulates the processes of digestion. If you drink these fluids at non- meal times, you will likely become hungry within 30 to 45 minutes. This often leads to snacking and additional unwanted calories. Drinks like coffee and soda (sugar-free or not) should be restricted to 30 minutes before or after meals. Do not have coffee or a soda for a mid-morning pick-me-up. It will make you hungry. You may ask, "But what about my morning coffee or tea?" That first mug of coffee is something you will have to decide for yourself. It is strongly recommend you eliminate soda because of the sweet taste, and limit yourself to tea or coffee during weight loss. Again, whatever you choose to drink besides water should be restricted to 30 minutes before or after meals, never earlier or later. Physical activity is an essential part of your daily routine. Remember to walk and stretch every day. The key to exercise is consistent daily participation. Exercise is a critical component of a healthy lifestyle, so make the commitment to establish time each day to do some physical activity. The good news is every little bit helps. Thirty minutes each day can have a big impact on your long-term goals. Taking three 10 minute walks is the same as a half hour walk and will make the same impact on your overall health benefits. Ten minutes of stretching in the morning and a couple of 10 minute walks will work as well. Remember, a lifetime of good health is always worth the investment of time and effort. Exercise is an essential ingredient for anti-aging and pain-free living. It is never too late to make a commitment to your good health.

Making Oral Care Fun for Kids Year-Round Children's oral care is something many parents are concerned about year-round, but there are also several times during the year when oral care is especially important. For example, Halloween, the winter holidays, Valentine's Day and Easter are all large candy-eating times in the year, making it essential to take the time now to teach children the importance of maintaining good oral health. "Tooth decay is the most common chronic childhood disease, so it's important to teach children effective tooth brushing habits, especially around the holidays, when children are typically consuming more sweets than usual," says dentist and mom Dr. Jennifer Salzer. Oral care isn't usually a top priority for children and teeth cleaning may even be considered a chore to kids, which is why it is so important for parents to get involved and teach children the importance of proper oral care early on in their children's lives. To make oral care more fun for children, Dr. Salzer offers some of her best tips: * Parents should brush their teeth with their child to set a good example. It also helps children to learn by watching and imitating their parent. * Sing your child's favorite song, like "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star," or play a song from their favorite singer for the two minutes while they are brushing their teeth. * Give your child a toothbrush that is designed to appeal to a toddler who is learning to brush and whose baby teeth are growing in, like Oral-B Stages 2, which is designed to effectively reach all teeth, with its narrow head, simple bristle pattern and Power Tip. - For younger children, when their first teeth begin to appear, parents should brush teeth using a child-sized, soft-bristled toothbrush with a cushioned head to help protect babies' tender gums, like Oral-B Stage 1 toothbrush. * It's important that children two and older use fluoridated toothpaste to help prevent decay as their teeth continue to develop.

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Wallingford Rotary - Our guest speaker this week was Bud Harvey, coach, and team player Drew Vilardo from the Connecticut Jammers Quad Rugby Team, the state’s only quad rugby team. The Jammers compete in tournaments throughout the United States and provides new competitive opportunities for athletes with quadriplegia. The Connecticut Jammers is a member of the United States Quad Rugby Association and supported by the Sports Association of Gaylord Hospital. They are currently looking for volunteers, if interested please contact Todd Munn, Director of Sports Association Gaylord Hospital at 203 284-2772. In picture, Drew Vilardo and Wallingford President Craig Fishbein

Wallingford Resident Begins Peace Corps Service in Jamaica Pamela VanderWeele, 63, of Wallingford, Conn., has been accepted into the Peace Corps. VanderWeele will be departing for Jamaica on March 17 to begin pre-service training as a Youth as Promise Peace Corps volunteer. Upon graduation from volunteer training in June, VanderWeele will be working with the Jamaican Ministry of Education to support rural schools. VanderWeele is the daughter of Allan and Lee Reynolds, and a graduate of Alexander Ramsey High School in Roseville, Minn. She then attended Hope College in Holland, Mich., where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in sociology, graduating in 1968. VanderWeele previously worked at the Wallingford YMCA as the aquatic director. "I have always wanted to join the Peace Corps since it was created in the 1960's. The Peace Corps mission to share expertise while living with families in the host country is what attracted me," VanderWeele said of her decision to join the Peace Corps. During the first three months of her service, VanderWeele will live with a host family in Jamaica to become fully immersed in the country's language and culture. After acquiring the language and cultural skills necessary to assist her community, VanderWeele will serve for two years in Jamaica, living in a manner similar to people in her host country. VanderWeele joins the 108 Connecticut residents currently serving in the Peace Corps. More than 3,003 Connecticut residents have served in the Peace Corps since 1961. Over 3,600 Peace Corps Volunteers have served in Jamaica since the program was established in 1962. Volunteers in this Caribbean nation work in the areas of education, youth and community development, environmental and agricultural conservation, health and HIV/AIDS awareness, water sanitation and hygiene promotion, and business development. Many Volunteers working on HIV/AIDS prevention and care receive support from the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) program. Jamaica is a pilot program for the Peace Corps 50+ initiative, an agency-wide effort to recruit older Americans to serve in the Peace Corps. Currently, 86 Volunteers are serving in Jamaica. Today, 7,876 Americans serve in the Peace Corps. Of that total, 5.4 percent of currently serving volunteers are aged 50 or older. The Peace Corps regards older volunteers as a great asset, bringing both their professional and life experiences to help countries around the world meet their development needs. Volunteers over age 50 are currently serving in 58 of the 76 Peace Corps countries. As the Peace Corps approaches its 50th anniversary, its service legacy continues to promote peace and friendship around the world. Historically, over 195,000 volunteers have helped promote a better understanding between Americans and the people of the 139 countries in which they have served. Currently, 7,876 Peace Corps volunteers are serving in 76 countries. Peace Corps volunteers must be U.S. citizens and at least 18 years of age. Peace Corps service is a 27month commitment. To learn more about the Peace Corps, please visit our website: www.peacecorps.gov.

Wallingford Park and Rec. GOLDEN EGG HUNT The event will be held at Doolittle Park Playscape. (Across from the YMCA) The event will be divided into two age groups children 1-5 and children 6-11/ Toy eggs along with 12 special GOLD EGGS for each group will be spread throughout. Any child that finds ONE Gold Egg can redeem it for a special prize at the Golden Egg Redemption table located at Doolittle Park. Thursday March 25th Rain date Friday March 26, 2010 Younger children hunt will begin at 6:45p.m. Older children hunt will begin at 7:00p.m.***Please be considerate of age breakdown we want everyone to have an equal opportunity. Parents should be aware that if they have a young child and an older child two adults will be required to participate in both events. Parents are asked to bring a basket for their children.

Dates Announced for the "Meriden Daffodil Festival"

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Meriden's Largest and most colorful festival the "Meriden Daffodil Festival" will celebrate it's 32nd year during 2010. The 2010 dates have been announced for 2010. Join us on Saturday April 24 and Sunday April 25, 2010, 600,001 daffodils can't be wrong! They create a sea of fragrant yellow blossomsthroughout the 1,800-acre Hubbard Park in Meriden, Connecticut each year.You'll not only see an amazing 61 different varieties of daffodils, there willalso be crafts, amusement rides, food, entertainment,and a fireworks display for you to enjoy.

Wallingford Community Gardens Information Growing From Comm unity Gardens… Our Community Garden program is still growing. We have a wonderful space at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Park where we have been for over 20 years. We welcome you to come experience the satisfaction of growing delicious fruits and veggies, or just some flowers to decorate your home. No experience necessary. Have fun, make new friends and get some exercise in the fresh air and sunshine. Various plot sizes available. For more information please contact James Sayre at 203-294-2120. The submission deadline for the April issue of THE PEOPLES PRESS is March 29th. Don't forget to send your celebration photo. Email your stories, news, celebrations and photos to andy@peoplespressnews.com.

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My formula for living is quite simple. I get up in the morning and I go to bed at night. In between, I occupy myself as best I can. ~Cary Grant Troop 10

Troop 10 First Court of Honor of 2010! Taken February 22nd at the First Congregational Church located at 62 Colony Street in Meriden.

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